The race to electrification spans nearly every type of commercial vehicle, including off-highway. Recognizing this, and armed with 100 years of technology and manufacturing experience, AxleTech launched its new AFE Series e-axle, a line of electric powertrain systems for off-highway and specialty applications, at bauma in Munich. The AFE Series electric e-axle features a new modular eCarrier system and integrates interchangeable water/glycol cooled motors and a single-speed, 2-speed or 4-speed gearbox into a system that fits existing vehicle configurations and displaces the traditional powertrain.
“The commercial vehicle industry is becoming electric faster than any other, and AxleTech is proud to lead the electrification of powertrains with this off-highway and specialty vehicle series solution,” says Bill Gryzenia, CEO, AxleTech. “The AFE Series e-axle is designed to withstand the heavy loads, extreme demands, and potential rough terrains that vehicles such as rail car movers, lift trucks, terminal tractors, and dump trucks encounter. This is the first of several electric powertrain solutions we are launching for the commercial vehicle industry.”
The AxleTech AFE e-axle system is compatible with full battery electric vehicles, fuel cell range extender electric vehicles, internal combustion engines or turbine generator range extenders. It has motor continuous power of 268 hp (200 kW) and peak motor power of 389 hp (290 kW). The AFE e-axles also are engineered to handle 100% regenerative braking.
The system’s high torque with manageable power is aided by AxleTech’s new modular eCarrier system, which provides high efficiency by using the electric motors at their optimal operating level. The new eCarrier system replaces the existing conventional carrier on many AxleTech axle models, including the 120, 145, 160, and 180 Series as well as traditional, industry-standard carriers. The AFE e-axles are designed to fit existing vehicle configurations for easy installation and are retrofittable on all makes and models of axles.
At the ACT Expo April 23-26 in Long Beach, CA, AxleTech plans to introduce additional electric vehicle product breakthroughs including one of the most efficient electric powertrains for Class 6 through 8 trucks, as well as the most compact and powerful electric powertrain system for low-floor bus applications.