2019 ACT Expo: Dana Launches Light-Duty EV Powertrain

April 24, 2019 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

Commercial vehicle supplier Dana Inc. will produce a light-duty version of its TM4 Sumo electric powertrain, the company announced Wednesday at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

The new system, called Sumo LD, is available for purchase now. There are three versions of the powertrain making up to 250 kilowatts of continuous power and 885 pound-feet of torque.

The Sumo LD is intended for Class 2 through Class 6 commercial vehicles, ranging from half-ton pickup trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to medium-duty work vehicles like the Silverado 6500HD.

Sumo LD electric powertrain from Dana Inc.

The TM4 Sumo LD is the latest electric powertrain made by commercial supplier Dana Inc., intended for Class 2 through Class 6 work trucks. (Photo: Dana Inc.)

When the Sumo LD is combined with electrified axles made by Spicer Electrified, a Dana subsidiary, it can power larger vehicles up to heavy-duty Class 8 commercial trucks.

“The Sumo LD series has been engineered into multiple Spicer Electrified products and is able to be adapted to the architecture requirements of our customers,” said Christophe Dominiak, chief technology officer for Dana.

The Sumo LD joins the Sumo MD, Sumo HD and Sumo HP for high-performance vehicles that are already available. More than 12,000 electrified vehicles are currently powered by Sumo powertrains.


In addition to introducing the Sumo LD powertrain, Dana made two more announcements at the show.

First, the supplier will partner with commercial vehicle maker Nordresa Inc. to provide electrified axles on the Isuzu N-Series line of trucks.

Nordresa will pair its proprietary electric powertrain to the Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle. The combination equips Isuzu trucks with up to 226 kilowatts of power and an electric range of 110 miles.

Second, Dana will also install the same Spicer e-axle on Ford F-550 chassis in a partnership with Motiv Power Systems. The trucks will use Motiv electric powertrains mated to the Spicer e-axle.

The powertrain makes 226 kilowatts and power and 90 miles of electric range in the truck. The project highlights strong demand for fully electric commercial vehicles, Dana said.

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