AUBURN HILLS, MI—Allison Transmission has completed installation of a new assembly line here to build axles for electric vehicles. This purpose-built production line integrates automated assembly features and will manufacture Allison’s eGen Power series of fully integrated electric axles.
“The completion of the new assembly line and expansion of our e-axle manufacturing capabilities marks a crucial step in bringing Allison’s eGen Power Series of electric axles to market,” says John Coll, senior vice president of global marketing, sales and service at Allison Transmission. “With this industry-leading manufacturing and development infrastructure, we will ensure eGen Power e-Axles deliver the same uncompromising quality, reliability, durability and performance our customers have come to expect from our fully automatic transmission and electric hybrid propulsion solutions.”
In addition to the new assembly line, Allison has also completed installation of a new testing system for electric vehicle axles. Each e-axle will complete a series of tests to verify every system is functioning to specified performance levels. Allison has also made significant investments in new dynamometers to support fast, repeatable and reliable engineering development and design validation of e-axle designs.
The Auburn Hills factory can build all products in Allison’s eGen Power product portfolio. This includes the eGen Power 100D for heavy duty 6x2 applications, and the eGen Power 130D, which is targeted for European and Asia Pacific applications, where a 13-ton gross axle weight rating is required. The facility will also manufacture the 100S, which addresses heavy-duty 6x4 tractors, heavy duty tandem-axle straight trucks, medium-duty trucks and school buses.