Dana Inc. announced that its operation in Birmingham, United Kingdom, has been awarded a $2.7 million (£2 million) grant to develop an e-Powertrain for OX Delivers — the world’s first flat-pack utility vehicle destined for emerging markets in Africa.
The OX Delivers truck has been engineered to tackle the toughest terrain and will be shipped as a flat pack and assembled in the destination country. The truck is powered by Dana’s Spicer Electrified eS4500i e-Drive Unit, which combines an electric motor, inverter, gearbox and software in a complete e-propulsion system.
The grant supports Dana’s work industrializing electrified powertrain technologies and was awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) — a non-profit organization that facilitates U.K. government funding to research and development projects supporting the delivery of net-zero emission vehicles.
“Dana has a guiding vision toward a zero-emissions future that incorporates sustainable social impact,” said Huw Davies, senior managing director of Dana Light Vehicle Drive Systems in Europe. “The APC’s $2.7 million grant advances Dana’s development of electrified technology, driving prosperous trade in rural emerging markets. We’re proud to partner with OX Delivers and grateful for the APC’s support.”
Dana’s operations in the U.K. were established in 1901 and have a rich history of producing driveline products for popular European sport-utility and light commercial vehicles. The company is now leveraging its global expertise to deliver innovative solutions to next-generation electric vehicles.