Meritor announces partnerships with BAE, Hexagon Purus

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Updated Dec 9, 2021
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Meritor Inc. announced this week it will supply its Blue Horizon 14Xe ePowertrains to Hexagon Purus for a near-term development program with the intention of taking the program to production. Also, Meritor says it will collaborate with BAE Systems to deliver electrification for the industrial and defense markets.

Meritor’s ePowertrain will be used in two different hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle applications in North America. These applications include a Class 8 drayage truck and yard hauler. Its 14Xe ePowertrain is now available and will be in production this month.

This announcement follows Hexagon Purus and Meritor partnering to integrate the 14Xe ePowertrain into Hexagon Purus’ Class 6, Class 7 trucks and Class 8 (6x4) vehicles. The integrated electric powertrains will provide the propulsion within the Hexagon Purus trucks, resulting in zero emissions transport, the company says.

“We are pleased to work with Hexagon Purus as we pursue our paths to zero emissions,” says Tim Bowes, senior vice president and president, Electrification, Industrial and North America Aftermarket, Meritor.

Meritor Blue Horizon ePowertrains are designed for maximum efficiency and flexibility. Their innovative design allows them to be customized based on unique application needs across Class 5-8 commercial vehicles.

“As the push for electrification continues, we are glad to partner with Meritor who shares our goal of meeting the zero emissions challenge,” says Todd Sloan, president, Hexagon Purus Systems.

Earlier this week Meritor announced it will provide its Blue Horizon 14Xe integrated ePowertrain for the next generation, all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school bus from Thomas Built Buses.

This is Meritor’s first electric vehicle production award with a Daimler Trucks North America brand. The intended agreement will span five years and is expected to start in January 2024, according to an announcement.

Meritor also announced it will collaborate with BAE Systems to deliver electrification for the industrial and defense markets.

The companies will work together to offer efficient, cost-effective, fully integrated electric vehicle solutions. As part of this strategic collaboration, BAE Systems will leverage its expertise in systems integration and power electronics to incorporate its power management system with Meritor’s ePowertrain for a comprehensive and compact solution. 

Meritor’s all-electric ePowertrain is designed to provide high efficiency, performance, significant weight savings and superior space utilization. The technology will harness both companies’ experience and knowledge in electric mobility. Meritor began integrating electric motors into axles for industrial vehicles over twenty years ago, the company says.

“This is a great example of bringing two companies together to deliver a superior electrification solution,” says Jim Keane, vice president, Industrial, Meritor. 

“We are proud to leverage our core strengths alongside Meritor’s to build on our electrification journeys,” says Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager, Power & Propulsion Solutions, BAE Systems        

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