Dana, Lonestar launch fully electrified terminal tractor

Dana Incorporated has launched a fully electrified terminal tractor with Lonestar Specialty Vehicles at the North American Commercial Vehicle show. The new Spicer Electrified e-Powertrain system is designed and manufactured by Dana as a completely electric powertrain solution for use on vehicles built by Lonestar.

Lonestar SV, founded in 2014, specialises in the final stage assembly and refurbishment of commercial vehicles, and other innovative vehicle application solutions. Dana’s e-Powertrain system can be adapted by Lonestar SV into a vehicle with a non-powered rolling chassis, or existing vehicles with diesel engines can be converted into all-electric trucks.

The solution can be used to extend the useful life of a fleet’s capital investment by repowering and refurbishing an existing chassis. It also allows for recycling of a chassis for further carbon footprint reduction.

“Utilising our recognized strength in the development of complete battery-electric vehicle systems, Dana engineered the electric powertrain from the ground up,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “This competency, augmented with Lonestar’s extensive vehicle assembly and refurbishing experience, provides fleets the ability to immediately outfit terminal tractors with complete electrified systems for reduced emissions and increased operating efficiencies.”

The powertrain provided by Dana includes the motor, inverter, power electronics cradle, and battery systems. The collaboration also includes full vehicle integration education and training from the Dana team, allowing Lonestar SV to complete the vehicle integration in-house.

“Lonestar is excited to be working with Dana to bring our electrified terminal tractor solution to the market,” said Blake Yazel, general manager for Lonestar Specialty Vehicle Group. “It provides customers with an environmentally friendly solution for increased uptime and lower service intervals, adding tremendous value to our product offerings.”

The electrified system can be customized to meet individual range requirements. The Lonestar SV T22 and S22 models allow for 22 hours of continuous operation with only two hours required for a full battery recharge.

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