Volta confirms deal to use Meritor eAxle

Volta Trucks has confirmed that it has concluded an agreement with Meritor to supply the driveline for the Volta Zero full-electric truck. It will use Meritor’s Blue Horizon 14Xe integrated drive axle, which combines the motor, transmission and rear axle into a single unit. The layout allows the space between the chassis rails to be used to house the battery packs in the safest position.

The agreement paves the way for final specification trucks to be put into real-world operator trials later this year, ahead of series production in 2022. Volta Trucks CEO, Rob Fowler said “Confirmation of the strategic supplier for the electric drivetrain is another major milestone on our journey towards the production of the Volta Zero. As a pioneer and innovator in this unserved area of the electric vehicle marketplace, it is imperative for us to select experienced, world-class suppliers who share our ambition and values. The first use of Meritor’s revolutionary eAxle in a European commercial vehicle is an excellent example of our cutting-edge product development and supplier selection strategy in action.”

Wheely Safe enhances connectivity of monitoring devices

Wheely Safe, the specialist in wheel loss and tyre pressure monitoring devices, has undertaken a major upgrade of its products to improve their connectivity. Its tyre pressure, wheel security and brake temperature monitoring systems now have the capability of integration with vehicle CAN-bus networks and third-party telematics systems.

The new enhancements introduced include a self-calibrating internal TPMS sensor, claimed to be the world’s first, and a key-fob sized walk-round checking device. This allows drivers to touch the TPMS and wheel security sensors in turn and receive an instant red, amber or green status indication. With a telematics connection, a log of walk-round checks can be maintained.

The patented internal TPMS sensor, which weighs 21 grams and can be fitted to all sizes of wheel rim, has a battery life of 5-10 years.

Wheely-Safe MD Steve Jackson, said “Truck and bus fleets increasingly want everything running through their telematics and that brings huge advantages for the Wheely-Safe product. It means we can provide access to real-time pressure and temperature data remotely, which can help to prevent breakdowns and takes the guesswork out of organising tyre maintenance.”

You can find full details of the enhanced range at www.wheely-safe.com.