Allison, SAIC Hongyan collaborate on e-axles
By Mike Brezonick04 October 2021
Allison Transmission, in collaboration with SAIC Hongyan Automotive Co., Ltd, a premium Chinese brand in the manufacturing, service and support of heavy-duty vehicles, announced a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which Allison’s eGen Power 130D e-Axle will be integrated into SAIC Hongyan’s regional and long haul tractors.
The agreement also calls for the two companies to collaborate on testing and trials ahead of production sourcing decisions. This builds on an existing relationship between the two companies through which the majority of automatic equipped trucks SAIC Hongyan sells utilize Allison automatic transmissions.
No financial details concerning the MOU were provided.
“We are pleased to formalize our collaboration with Allison Transmission on the integration of their eGen Power electric axles into our next generation platforms,” said Liu Bin, deputy director of the Technical Center at SAIC Hongyan.
SAIC Hongyan will be the first Chinese OEM to integrate the eGen Power 130D electric axle into its trucks, which is specifically designed to accommodate vehicles that require a 13-tonne rated axle. This series of fully integrated electric axles replaces the traditional powertrain and incorporates two high-speed electric motors and a multi-speed gearbox.
“This is an exciting progression for our eGen Power portfolio of products in support of our promise to provide the most reliable and valued propulsion solutions in the world,” said Heidi Schutte, vice president of EMEA, APAC, and South America Sales for Allison Transmission. “We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with SAIC Hongyan in delivering innovative solutions to expand our business from refuse, heavy haulers and dump trucks, to the regional and long haul segments. This cooperation provides a good model to support the electrification of commercial vehicles in China and the realization of the national carbon neutralization strategy.”
With a continuous power of 424 kW (569 hp) and peak output power of 648 kW (869 hp), Allison said the eGen Power 130D leverages its control hardware and software expertise, as well as decades of design, validation and manufacturing experience.