Meritor’s ePowertrain for Daimler school bus
By Mike Brezonick07 December 2021
Meritor, Inc. announced it will provide its Blue Horizon 14Xe integrated ePowertrain for the next generation, all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school bus from Thomas Built Buses (TBB).
This is Meritor’s first electric vehicle production award with a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) brand. The intended agreement will span five years and is expected to start in January 2024. No financial details were provided.
“Being selected by Daimler Trucks North America to supply zero-emissions electric propulsion for its next generation school buses is especially gratifying,” said John Nelligan, senior vice president and president, Truck, Americas at Meritor. “This is an exciting opportunity to expand our relationship with DTNA.”
“The versatility and robustness of the integrated 14Xe ePowertrain is a great complement to the next-gen, all-electric Jouley from Thomas Built,” said Kendra Eads, vice president of engineering and technology, TBB. “We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at Meritor on integration of the 14Xe and delivering even greater efficiencies for school districts across the country.”
Meritor’s 14Xe ePowertrain system is in full production and suitable for a wide range of commercial vehicle applications across Classes 5-8.
Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is one of the largest manufacturers of school buses in North America. Headquartered in High Point, N.C., Thomas Built Buses is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.