Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) is partnering with Xos Inc. (Nasdaq: XOS), a Los Angeles-based battery-electric vehicle manufacturer, to jointly develop heavy-duty Class 7 and 8 commercial electric vehicles. Allison says its eGen Power e-Axles will be integrated into Xos’ Class 7 and 8 100% battery-electric commercial vehicles.
“We’re extremely proud to partner with Xos in the development of the next generation of commercial vehicles designed to improve the way fleets operate,” said Alexander Schey, Allison’s managing director of electrification commercialization and strategy. “We are inspired by Xos’ innovative and ambitious yet pragmatic approach to the EV market, and we look forward to leveraging Allison’s extensive testing and validation capabilities and investments as part of our partnership to bring Xos heavy duty vehicles to market.”
Allison says it has already delivered the initial e-axle hardware for integration, validation and testing in heavy-duty vehicle platforms designed and built by Xos. Allison plans to deliver additional eGen Power 100S and 100D units to Xos throughout the year.
“We founded Xos in 2016 to build electric vehicles that solved the challenges many fleet owners were facing due to rising costs of maintenance and diesel along with increasing emissions regulations, and today we’re proud to have hundreds of vehicles on the road with nationwide fleets,” said Giordano Sordoni, chief operating officer of Xos. “We believe that Allison’s differentiated e-Axle portfolio combined with its connectivity to fleet customers, established service channel, and reputation for delivering industry-leading reliability will allow Xos to accelerate our growth while enhancing the value we deliver to our customers.”
Allison bills itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial-duty, fully-automatic transmissions. Allison also manufactures electric hybrid and fully-electric propulsion systems.