Danfoss Editron Powertrain For FNM E-Trucks

By Mike Brezonick08 December 2020

Danfoss Editron announced it has been selected as the official supplier for drivetrain systems that will power fully-electric trucks manufactured by Fábrica Nacional de Mobilidades (FNM) in Brazil.

Founded in 1942, FNM was among Brazil’s first truck manufacturers. The company was privatized in 1968 by the government, before being bought by Fiat who held the company until 1988. Now reborn in the era of commercial vehicle electrification, FNM has established a dedicated electric vehicle business which will focus on high-tech trucks and buses which produce zero-emissions.

“We are delighted to select Danfoss Editron as our electric drivetrain supplier, with Octillion Power Systems providing the battery systems,” said Celso Santos, chief industrial officer of FNM. “The FNM smart trucks use state-of-the-art technologies, including a tablet that is connected to an operational IT center and the client´s logistics systems. This will enable e-monitoring and innovative video-telematic solutions, such as an anti-collision camera system with artificial intelligence and alert systems for driving maneuvers like changing lanes.

A depiction of the powertrain of FNM’s new electric 833 truck.

“We will also be using niobium in nearly all the key components of these trucks, such as the chassis, brakes, suspension and wheels, to reduce weight and increase strength, performance and endurance.”

Danfoss Editron is providing the electric drivetrains which will power the FNM 832 and FNM 833 commercial trucks. The FNM 832 is a Class 6 truck with up to 14-ton capacity, while the FNM 833 is a Class 8 truck model with 18-ton capacity. Both trucks will incorporate lithium-ion batteries supplied by Octillion Power Systems designed to offer an operational range of up to 300 km (186 miles), enabling them to make urban deliveries.

Danfoss Editron’s electric drivetrain systems utilize a 250 kW motor, Eaton multi-speed transmission and Octillion 650 V battery.

“We have been working closely with the FNM team for several years,” said Danfoss Editron’s Director of On-Highway Global Sales Adrian Schaffer. “Now that FNM has put together an effective and efficient demonstration program we are ready to roll out a production-intent fleet. We see the Brazilian market as essential to the fleet operators and citizens of Brazil, as well as a gateway to the rest of South America for electric commercial vehicles.”

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