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Dana provides e-Propulsion system for Alberta project

North American driveline component manufacturer, Dana, is providing its Spicer Electrified e-Propulsion solution with integrated TM4 Sumo HP motor-inverter system for prime movers hauling freight between Calgary and Edmonton in the Alberta province of Canada.

The effort is part of Alberta’s Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project aimed at designing and manufacturing hydrogen fuel-cell electric hybrid heavy-duty trucks with extended range.

“Dana is pleased to have been selected as a key partner for this enterprising hydrogen fuel project,” said President of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, Mark Wallace.

“It marks another step in the innovation continuum as the industry transitions to zero-emission transportation.

“The consortium partners share a common vision in advancing clean technologies, and we welcome the opportunity to provide Spicer electrodynamic solutions as part of these collective efforts.”

Dana’s custom Spicer e-System is optimised for the Canadian market and has a hauling capacity of 140,000lbs (63,500kg). According to Dana it features a compact design that reduces weight, allowing for more hydrogen fuel storage.

Operated by Trimac Transportation and Bison Transport, the combinations being used for the project are 64-ton Gross Combination Mass (GCM) B-train (B-double) tractor-trailer units said to be capable of travelling up to 700km between refuelling stops.

The $15 million project received funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta, which committed $7.3 million through its Best Challenge initiative.

The trucks are expected to haul approximately 12 million tonnes of freight for the AZETEC project.

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