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North America and Europe Commercial Vehicles Electric Drivetrain Supplier Profiles and Growth Opportunities

  • Report

  • 79 Pages
  • October 2021
  • Region: Europe, North America
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5483337

Value Chain Integration and Capability Expansion Critical to Spur the Growth of Commercial Vehicle Electric Drivetrain Suppliers

To meet international climate targets and develop sustainable zero-emission technologies, the mobility industry is expediting the transition to powertrain electrification to gradually reduce dependence on diesel powertrains. Governments and global vehicle manufacturers are evaluating various pathways to achieve carbon neutrality, with investments and activities in the energy sector directed around it. Commercial vehicles, albeit a small proportion of the total vehicles in operation, are the largest source of polluters due to their nature of operation with high payload and longer travel time. OEMs in North America and Europe target to transition to a zero-emission portfolio entirely as early as 2040. Shifting to electric powertrain calls for significant vehicle architecture and design changes to accommodate critical power components such as the battery, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage.

Manufacturers experiment with different commercial vehicle electrification topologies to determine the best options to suit their product performance expectations. The eAxle concept, which is modular, compact, and scalable, is the most active area for many OEMs since it eliminates the need for the propeller shaft and bigger axles and frees up space to mount battery packs between the frame rails. Electrification of drivetrain components also opens opportunities for light-weighting and lower maintenance due to a reduction in the number of components.

Commercial drivetrain component suppliers increasingly invest in the electrification of their core portfolio in line with the electrification market demands. Large incumbent players pursuing vertical integration acquire smaller players with the relevant expertise to expand technical capabilities, improve production output, and maintain a robust supply chain. Companies with expertise in motor, inverter, power electronics are of the most interest to commercial vehicle drivetrain component suppliers. Suppliers with in-house production and system capabilities offering cost favorability and manufacturability are also attractive to manufacturers. OEMs choose different product solutions from suppliers based on their performance requirements. Hence, suppliers tend to provide solutions either as standard or integrated solutions. An integrated solution offers the advantage of calibrated component packaging, modularity, and ready-for-installation capability. Comprehensive end-to-end drivetrain solutions, including power supply and system software, are packaged and can be utilized to integrate with different vehicle platforms, either at production or existing vehicle conversion.

Despite the dire impact of COVID-19 on the progress of electric vehicle development, some OEMs launched electric truck portfolios during the pandemic by partnering with electric drivetrain suppliers to utilize their solutions customized to vehicle specifications. Markets in Europe and North America are rapidly transitioning toward electrification, hence having a strong regional footprint will be critical for suppliers to secure partnerships with OEMs introducing electric vehicles in the region. There are abundant opportunities for drivetrain suppliers in vehicle electrification and to potentially move from a system supplier to a comprehensive solution provider and full vehicle electrification system enabler.

Key Issues Addressed

  • Who are the major drivetrain electrification suppliers in the commercial vehicle market and their sales performance during 2019-2020?
  • What are their systems capabilities and portfolio scope to offer solutions for commercial vehicle electrification? What are the products available for manufacturers to consider?
  • What are their electrification strategies pertaining to sourcing, branding, and positioning? What products have been launched, and what products are in the development pipeline?
  • What are the key specifications of the relevant products for the respective vehicle segments? What features are offered, and what are their USPs?
  • Which manufacturers are engaged in partnerships with the profiled suppliers? Which of their electric vehicle models are integrated with electric drivetrain products?

Table of Contents

1. Strategic Imperatives
  • Why Is It Increasingly Difficult To Grow?
  • The Strategic Imperative 8™
  • The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on the Electric Drivetrain Systems Supplier Market
  • Growth Opportunities Fuel The Growth Pipeline Engine™
2. Growth Environment
  • Electric Drivetrain Components Segmentation
  • Technology Roadmap - Light, Medium, and Heavy Duty
  • Profiled Companies Systems Offerings
  • Profiled Companies Systems Capabilities
  • eDrivetrain Systems - Product Offerings
  • Product Comparison - eDrive/eAxle, Motor, and Inverters
  • Vehicle Fit and Validation - OEM and Segment
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Powertrain Technology Segmentation
3. Dana Incorporated
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eDrives and eAxles
  • Portfolio - Motor-Inverter Systems
  • Portfolio - Motors
  • Portfolio - Inverters
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
4. Meritor Incorporated
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eAxles
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
5. Allison Transmission
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eAxles and Inverters
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
6. ZF Friedrichshafen
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eDrives, eAxles, and Inverters
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
7. Eaton Corporation
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eTransmissions
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
8. Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eDrives and eAxles
  • Portfolio - Motors and Inverters
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
9. BorgWarner Inc.
  • Company Profile
  • Portfolio - eTransmissions and eDrives
  • Portfolio - Motors and Inverters
  • Portfolio - Inverters
  • Development, Integration, and Testing Programs
  • Electrification Strategy Outline
10. Growth Opportunity Universe
  • Growth Opportunity 1 - Increase Vertical Integration to Position as an Integrated and Standalone Solution Provider
  • Growth Opportunity 2 - EVs Expected to Shift from Using Permanent Magnet Motors that Use Rare Earth Materials
  • Growth Opportunity 3 - Secure Development and Supply Partnerships with Traditional OEMs and New Players
11. Next Steps
  • Your Next Steps
  • List of Exhibits

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Allison Transmission
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Dana Incorporated
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Meritor Incorporated
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • ZF Friedrichshafen