‘Reduced Emissions Through Much Higher Levels of Vehicle Electrification’
Electric motors, controls, and software from UQM Technologies and mechanical drivetrain components from Meritor will be integrated under a new strategic alliance, UQM said today, with the goal of “improved fuel economy and reduced emissions through much higher levels of vehicle electrification.”
The companies are targeting the medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle market.
“This agreement will provide UQM both development funding and the opportunity to supply E-axle components directly to Meritor to support its customer base along with identifying new customers and applications around the globe for this exciting new product line,” states a release, noting that “the alliance calls for Meritor to develop integrated axle components for E-axle technology.”
Tier 1 Access
“This allows UQM to focus on design and development and in turn approach the market as a Tier 2 supplier with a proven Tier 1 OEM,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in the announcement.
“We believe this relationship gives Meritor the opportunity to become a leading supplier of E-axles using UQM’s technology allowing customers to benefit from integrated solutions that drive cost savings in the long term,” he said.
“We believe that this relationship will provide leading edge technology that will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations for E-axle solutions,” said Meritor global product strategy GM John Bennett.
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