Hyliion picks FEV as e-truck development partner

By Mike Brezonick14 July 2021

FEV, a global provider of vehicle and powertrain hardware and software development services, has recently entered a long-term agreement with electrified powertrain systems provider Hyliion to support design, development, integration and production validation of Hyliion’s Electric Range Extender (ERX) for Class 8 tractor-trailer applications.

Hyliion Class 8 truck FEV has entered a long-term agreement with electrified powertrain systems specialist Hyliion to support the design, development, integration and validation of Hyliion’s Electric Range Extender (ERX) for Class 8 tractor-trailer applications.

Austin, Texas, based Hyliion is striving for the ultimate solution for sustainable, heavy-duty transportation through its Hypertruck ERX powertrain. The vehicle utilizes a propulsion system combining a renewable natural gas (RNG) on-board generator paired with a series of lightweight batteries to power an electrified drivetrain. Hyliion said the propulsion system is optimized to provide significant cost and environmental benefits for fleet owners, while also maximizing fleet uptime and eliminating “range anxiety” which can occur while operating conventional battery electric vehicles with limited range and charging infrastructure.

“The ERX solution offers transportation companies virtually everything they could want in a net-carbon-negative sustainable emissions solution,” said Patrick Sexton, CTO at Hyliion. “It has similar range and faster acceleration than a comparable diesel solution, while also providing a significant total cost of ownership (TCO) benefit.”

Hyliion has selected FEV to serve as its development partner. The collaboration will ensure that the design, development, integration and optimization required for a production solution are performed in accordance with Hyliion’s business model while meeting industry standards.

“FEV is shaping the future of the mobility sector through development of carbon-neutral and efficient, connected and safe transportation, so we were excited when we heard Hyliion’s vision for sustainable commercial transportation,” said Dean Tomazic, CTO at FEV North America. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to apply our expertise to help bring Hyliion’s concept to life.”

In addition to assisting with developing the controls strategy for the propulsion system, FEV will also provide vehicle integration for OEM advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, controls and driver interfaces, which FEV said further establishes it as a complete vehicle development partner for all mobility applications.

For additional information on FEV’s engineering capabilities, click here.

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