Dana enters into partnership with Class 8 electrification company

Dana announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Class 8 electrification company Hyliion. Dana is taking an equity position as a lead investor in the company and Mark Wallace, president, Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, will become a member of Hyliion’s board of directors.

Dana says the investment is another step in a cadence of strategic transactions to position the company as the leader in e-propulsion. Under the agreement, Dana becomes Hyliion’s source for traditional driveline components, as well as fully integrated e-axles, which include motors, inverters, controls, gearboxes and thermal-management technologies.

Hyliion develops electric-hybrid architectures for Class 8 vehicles that can be installed on new trucks or retrofitted on existing trucks, essentially turning a traditional 6×2 truck into a 6×4 hybrid. The Hyliion 6X4HE features the company’s proprietary machine learning algorithms and battery technology to optimize fuel savings and vehicle performance for reduced emissions and a better driver experience, the companies say.

“Dana’s investment in Hyliion continues to expand our growth and leadership in electrification across all vehicle segments and partners us with a front-runner in the hybridization of Class 8 vehicles for fleets ready to adopt electrified vehicles today,” Wallace says. “Together with Hyliion, we have a unique opportunity to develop long-haul solutions that revolutionize power conveyance and support fleets in meeting their efficiency goals, while simultaneously advancing decarbonization efforts.”

With its investment in Hyliion, Dana says it is positioned to supply customers with complete hybrid systems through Hyliion’s intelligent electric-hybrid controls, proprietary battery technology and integration capabilities, along with Dana’s offering of Spicer electrified e-axles; TM4 motors, inverters and power electronics; Long thermal-management solutions; auxiliary system motors through Dana’s acquisition of SME Group; and traditional Spicer axles and driveshafts.

“Dana’s wealth of knowledge and extensive strategic experience in the commercial-vehicle market creates a dynamic combination for our Class 8 hybrid platform,” says Thomas Healy, Hyliion CEO. “We are excited to be joining forces to offer a go-to-market solution for fleets seeking e-propulsion technologies available today in the Class 8 segment.”

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