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Valeo, Dana Team up to Pave Way for Affordable Hybrid Cars, EVs

Valeo and Dana Incorporated, which provides power-conveyance and energy-management solutions for vehicles and machinery, have collaborated to bring end-to-end 48V hybrid and electric vehicle systems. The first of these systems will be released in early 2020 with a major European carmaker on series-produced cars.

The systems provide all the components required to electrify three- and four-wheeled urban vehicles and hybridize vehicles weighing up to 2.5 tons. They comprise an electric motor and an inverter, which acts as the brain of the electric vehicle by enabling it to generate voltage and alternating currents from a power source of a different voltage or frequency, designed and manufactured by Valeo, and a Spicer Electrified e-Gearbox developed by Dana.

The solution to be provided by Valeo and Dana's partnership is expected to be installed easily on all types of vehicles. It will also become an attractive option because of its low voltage configuration, about less than 60V, making it affordable and low maintenance.

"Combining Dana's e-Gearbox mechanisms with Valeo's 48V systems, the end-to-end systems developed through the partnership will contribute to the rise of affordable vehicle electrification. The undertaking strengthens Valeo's leading position in low-voltage electrification, a technology that will feature in one-third of cars manufactured worldwide by 2030," said Xavier Dupont, President of Valeo's Powertrain Systems Business Group.