Dana Incorporated has announced
that the company has been collaborating with Mecalac to develop a customised
e-Drivetrain system for the new Mecalac e12 electric compact wheeled
excavator. This vehicle earned the
Energy Transition Award earlier this year as part of the 2018 Intermat
With the proven Mecalac 12MTX
as a base frame, this version is the world's first compact wheeled excavator
powered entirely by electricity.
Featuring Spicer 112 axles and a Spicer 367 shift-on-fly transmission,
the Mecalac e12 wheeled excavator delivers the range, performance, and compact
size required to support modern urban construction sites.
"As the European
construction market embraces the trend toward zero-emission standards for small
to mid-sized vehicles, our customers are demanding great strides in efficiency
while also requiring reliable performance," said Jean-Baptiste Rousseau,
technologies manager at Mecalac, adding that "Dana was able to adapt the
12MTX drivetrain to add electric drive capabilities within our existing vehicle
architecture. With their technical
expertise and open collaboration, we developed an optimal solution and
accelerated the delivery of this vehicle to market."
With an eight-hour working
range, the engine compartment in the Mecalac e12 houses LiFePO4 battery
technology – lithium iron phosphate for service life that is three times longer
than classic batteries. The batteries
can be charged in approximately seven hours.
Dana has a long history of
developing drivetrain systems for hybrid and electric vehicle architectures.
The company also offers patented battery and electronic cooling technologies,
along with fuel-cell technology. In
addition, Dana engineers had extensive experience with this particular
application because the diesel-powered version of this vehicle also features
Spicer drivetrain components.
"As a Tier-One supplier,
we understand that the success of electrification in the off-highway industry
is driven by performance. These
technologies must support a smooth transition to fully integrated electric-drive
technologies optimized within a single package, providing both electrified and
conventional powertrain options," said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana
Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies.
"Dana's support for new energy vehicles has been considerable, and
growing every year, as the importance of engineering for hybridization and
electrification is further elevated throughout the industry," he noted.
Dana is leveraging a wide
portfolio of technologies for off-highway customers to offer dozens of successful
electrified driveline applications in production and pre-production
Dana is a world leader in
highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and
sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle,
commercial truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary
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