Dana and Workhorse Group announced the design, development, and production of a city delivery vehicle featuring Dana’s Spicer Electrified integrated e-Drive axle.
Workhorse has been developing electric vehicle (EV) solutions since 2007 and has nearly 3 million miles on Workhorse EVs in last-mile delivery routes, according to Dana.
“Workhorse’s extensive development background and manufacturing experience in the EV space provide the industry-leading capabilities we sought in a strategic partner,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “With our 20 years of electrification proficiency and multiple electrified products already in the marketplace, the integrated e-Drive axle solution leverages proven competencies that will enhance the Workhorse electric vehicle architecture to deliver maximum efficiency at a reduced system weight.”
The e-Drive axle delivers efficiency for its city delivery duty cycle while offering a significant weight savings of 388 pounds, according to Dana. Due to the integrated design, the e-Drive axle also offers optimized packaging with more chassis space to position batteries inside the frame rails and accommodate features such as side steps that are common with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
“We look forward to enhancing our EV offerings with Dana’s leadership position in drivetrain and propulsion technologies,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “This alliance uniquely positions us to jointly develop sustainable solutions that will encourage city delivery fleets to go electric and feel confident in the vehicle’s performance and cost of ownership.”