Valeo and Dana Incorporated today announced a global collaboration to bring to market end-to-end 48V hybrid and electric vehicle systems. The first of these will be released in early 2020 with a major European carmaker on series-produced cars.
The systems provide all the components required to electrify light (three- and four-wheeled) urban vehicles and hybridize vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons. They comprise an electric motor and an inverter – which acts as the “brain” of the electric vehicle by enabling it to generate voltage and alternating currents from a power source of a different voltage or frequency – designed and manufactured by Valeo, and a Spicer® Electrified™ e-Gearbox developed by Dana.
Consistent, optimized and easy to install on all types of vehicles, the comprehensive solution resulting from Valeo and Dana’s partnership is especially attractive because its low voltage (<60V) configuration makes it affordable and low maintenance.
Xavier Dupont, President of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group, commented: “Combining Dana’s e-Gearbox mechanisms with Valeo’s 48V systems, the end-to-end systems developed through the partnership will contribute to the rise of affordable vehicle electrification. The undertaking strengthens Valeo’s leading position in low-voltage electrification, a technology that will feature in one-third of cars manufactured worldwide by 2030.
“Our collaboration with Valeo enables us to deliver a complete 48-volt electric vehicle e-Propulsion system that immediately meets the needs of customers,” said Bob Pyle, president of Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies for Dana Incorporated. “Dana continues to expand its offerings for hybrid and electric vehicles to offer a complete range of turn-key solutions for the rapidly changing mobility market.”