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DOE Awards Funding to Accelerate Development of Electric Drive Unit

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DOE Awards Funding to Accelerate Development of Electric Drive Unit

Michigan-based American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings said it has received government funding to accelerate the development of its electric drive technology

Under a cooperative agreement, the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded $5 million to advance the development of a heavy rare earth-free 3-in-1 electric drive unit, AAM said.

David Dauch, chairman and CEO of AAM, said he expects new propulsion systems to see more demand in all vehicle segments, including low- and zero-emission applications.

“AAM is keenly focused on advancing innovations that further enhance the efficiency, performance and affordability of battery electric and hybrid vehicles,” Dauch said.

The company said its electric drive unit integrates power electronics with the electric motor and gearbox, achieving better power density, performance and cost-effectiveness.

AAM added that its electric propulsion solutions may be used in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, luxury crossover and passenger cars and sports utility vehicles. 

EERE awarded the agreement on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, which supports projects aimed at developing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies. 

The new agreement funds research in advanced batteries and electrification, advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications and alternative-fueled engines, lightweight materials, new mobility technologies and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

AAM said it will continue developing its electric drive technology at its Advanced Technology and Development Center at the World Headquarters Detroit Campus. 

Headquartered in Detroit, AAM is a manufacturer that specializes in automobile driveline and drivetrain components and systems. 

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