Allison to collaborate on e-axle
By Mike Brezonick07 May 2021
Allison Transmission, in collaboration with Emergency One (UK) Ltd, the a U.K. supplier of fire and rescue vehicles, has announced a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As part of the MOU, the two companies will integrate the Allison eGen Power 100D electric axle into Emergency One’s fire rescue and emergency vehicle platform. This builds on the existing relationship between the two companies through which 90% of the units Emergency One sells are equipped with an Allison fully automatic transmission.
“We are pleased to formalize our collaboration with Allison Transmission on the integration of their eGen Power electric axles into our E1 EV platform,” said Mike Madsen, managing director at Emergency One. “This is another critical step in our drive to deliver reduced emissions and carbon footprint, whilst improving vehicle performance and firefighter and public safety. We are focused on producing electric fire and rescue vehicles that not only meet but exceed the current specifications and operational performance.
“Whether our conventional diesel-powered vehicles or our next generation electric propulsion platform, our mutual customers expect reliable and durable solutions that the Emergency One and Allison partnership delivers on a daily basis. I’m confident we’ll continue to deliver that promise.”
The eGen Power 100D electric axle integrates two high-speed electric motors and a multi-speed transmission, eliminating the need for additional drive shafts and support structures. This allows it to fit between the wheels, leaving critical space for battery storage. With continuous power of 536 hp (400 kW) and peak output power of 738 hp (550 kW), the eGen Power 100D is among the most powerful propulsion solutions in its class, with an architecture tuned for high gradeability and high top speed without sacrificing efficiency, Allison said.
“This is an exciting development for our eGen Power portfolio of products, as we continue to expand our electrified product portfolio 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 Emergency One in delivering innovative solutions for our mutual customers, including many fire brigades and rescue teams across Europe.
“The Allison 3000 Series is the standard transmission offering in Emergency One’s conventional diesel-powered fire and rescue vehicles, so it’s natural to expect Emergency One and Allison to partner and bring the same proven performance, reliability, and durability to Emergency One’s electric fire and rescue trucks.”