Dana supports Mecalac in developing e12

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Dana has revealed it is working with Mecalac to develop a customized drivetrain for the OEM’s latest electric compact wheeled excavator.

The e12 uses the base frame of the Mecalac’s 12MTX but is the company’s first vehicle of its kind to be powered entirely by electricity.

Dana adapted the drivetrain of the base vehicle to include electric functionality, and also features Spicer 112 axles and 367 shift-on-fly transmission.

“As a Tier 1 supplier, we understand that the success of electrification in the off-highway industry is driven by performance. These technologies must support a smooth transition to fully integrated electric-drive technologies optimized within a single package, providing both electrified and conventional powertrain options,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies.

“Dana’s support for new energy vehicles has been considerable, and growing every year, as the importance of engineering for hybridization and electrification is further elevated throughout the industry.”

Longer battery life
With an eight-hour working range, the engine compartment in the Mecalac e12 houses LiFePO4 battery technology – lithium iron phosphate for service life that is three times longer than classic batteries. The batteries can be charged in approximately seven hours.

Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, technologies manager at Mecalac, said, “As the European construction market embraces the trend toward zero-emission standards for small to mid-sized vehicles, our customers are demanding great strides in efficiency while also requiring reliable performance.

“Dana was able to adapt the 12MTX drivetrain to add electric drive capabilities within our existing vehicle architecture. With their technical expertise and open collaboration, we developed an optimal solution and accelerated the delivery of this vehicle to market.”

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