VANCOUVER: Exro Technologies Inc. and Australia’s SEA Electric Pty Ltd. are partnering to enhance electric powertrain technology for heavy duty trucks and delivery vehicles.
Recognized as a global leader in the electrification of commercial vehicles, SEA Electric and Exro will codevelop and test powertrains based on Exro’s Coil Driver and the SEA-Drive technologies.
Founded in 2012, SEA Electric has successfully commercialized its proprietary SEA-Drive electric powersystem technology. SEA Electric products are now deployed in 5 countries, with collectively more than 1.6 million kms (1 million miles) of independently OEM tested and in-service operation, making it widely recognised as the market leader in the electrification of commercial vehicles.
“This is another application where the Coil Driver advantages are most apparent,” said Exro Chief Engineer, Eric Hustedt. “By implementing an overall system optimization in concert with our patented power electronics technology, we can improve gradeability without sacrificing speed range—all without the need for multispeed mechanical gearing, or a dual motor powertrain.”
The electric commercial vehicle market is growing quickly, partly because of the efficiencies and performance benefits they offer as well as government policies aimed at accelerating adoption to reduce carbon emissions. Motor Intelligence estimates the commercial vehicle market will surge from USD $19.8 billion in 2020 to USD $38.6 billion in 2025.
“We believe that the trend to electrification of truck and commercial delivery fleets is profound,” said Sea Electric CEO, Tony Fairweather. “We look forward to our partnership with Exro to continue developing powertrains that both serve existing and open new markets in this space.”
Exro is a Clean Tech company that has developed a new class of control technology for electric powertrains.