Meritor, a large manufacturer in Troy, has announced the production of its 14Xe all-electric, fully integrated, commercial electric powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles will begin in mid-2021.
Part of Meritor’s Blue Horizon advanced technology portfolio, the 14Xe ePowertrain would be the first electric powertrain for Class 8 trucks on the market, ushering in a zero-emission solution.
“The 14Xe ePowertrain has been tested in various conditions around the world with several OEMs, vehicle types, and applications, so we can offer the industry a proven electric powertrain technology,” says T.J. Reed, vice president of global electrification for Meritor. “In January 2020, we announced our agreement with PACCAR to be its non-exclusive supplier of electric powertrains. One year later, we are nearing production and preparing to put vehicles on the road.”
The 14Xe electric powertrain is designed to provide efficiency, performance, weight savings, and space utilization. It will be produced at Meritor’s facilities in Asheville and Forest City, N.C.
The 14Xe ePowertrain offers:
- Tighter turning radius via a shorter wheelbase
- Increased room between frame rails for additional battery capacity, which extends the range of the vehicle
- Lighter weight (up to 800 pounds)
Meritor is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket, and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. The company is made up of more than 8,600 employees in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers, and global offices in 19 countries.