Dana to deliver electric axle drives for Lion Electric

Canadian electric utility vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric has signed a long-term agreement with US automotive supplier Dana Incorporated to supply electric drive systems for its school buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks.

This covers the supply of electric drive systems, including electric drives, inverters and controls, as well as axles and driveshafts for all Lion Electric platforms, Dana says. Specifically, this concerns the LionA, LionC, LionD, LionM, Lion6 and Lion8 platforms. For the latter model, a Class 8 electric truck unveiled in 2019, Dana was already the “preferred supplier” for the TM4 direct drive system. This is also part of the current deal for the other platforms.

“The bus and medium-duty truck segments are among the fastest growing for electrified products and we have developed our portfolio to enable a seamless integration for our customers vehicles,” said Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems. “We are excited to support Lion Electric as they deliver on their mission to help electrify urban transportation for buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks.”

Lion Electric plans to manufacture its own batteries in the future, and in March 2021 the company began construction of an assembly plant for battery modules and packs in Quebec, Canada. The vehicles will be built at the new US plant in Illinois, announced in May 2021. In the announcement of the Dana deal, Yannick Poulin, Chief Operating Officer at Lion Electric, confirmed that the plant is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.



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