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Dana Gets $2.7M Grant to Develop e-Powertrain for OX Delivers

The grant supports Dana’s work industrializing electrified powertrain technologies.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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