Mr. William Trainer reports
GRANDE WEST PARTNERS WITH HOFER POWERTRAIN
FOR EV DRIVETRAIN SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Grande West Transportation Group Inc. has partnered with hofer powertrain, the German drivetrain system supplier, to integrate the electric-vehicle powertrain and management solution into its Vicinity buses.
The drivetrain system specialist hofer powertrain will complete the system integration and validation of the Vicinity EV. This partnership will allow Grande West to expedite a full production model offered to customers for 2021 deliveries.
Hand in hand with hofer powertrain, Grande West is delivering the Vicinity LT, a fully electrified transit bus. In this partnership, Grande West will profit from hofer powertrain's multiple decades of experience developing complete powertrain systems, including new energy solutions. Highly integrated electrification solutions, including transmission, electronics, software, e-motor and system integration, are only a fractional part of the hofer powertrain expertise. This know-how will significantly benefit the overall energy efficiency of Grande West vehicles by optimizing weight, performance and reliability through harnessing the full potential of system synergies. Part of hofer powertrain's task will be to seamlessly integrate the 400-volt Lion Smart/BMW battery solution, as announced on Oct. 30, 2020.
"We will ensure that Grand West vehicles achieve an outstanding overall energy efficiency by cutting-edge technology based on our in-depth system capabilities," said Johann Hofer, chief executive officer of hofer powertrain.
William Trainer, the chief executive officer of Grande West, quoted: "We are very excited about the new Vicinity EV product, and so are our customers. We have taken our time to research and develop the Vicinity EV and partnered with the global industry elite to bring the highest-quality, proven automotive technology to the transit market. This strategy will allow us to stay technologically advanced and competitively priced using high-quality automotive off-the-shelf components. The Vicinity EV brings our customers ease of use without high-cost proprietary technology and industry standardized charging outlets. hofer powertrain has worked with many of the world's largest automotive [original equipment] manufacturers and is an authorized supplier and validator for BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and others. We are very proud to be partnered with industry leader hofer powertrain."
About hofer powertrain
With 15 locations across the world, including North America, hofer is the system supplier of efficient powertrain solutions in electrification and hybridization. As an established and independent partner of the mobility industry, hofer powertrain has provided pioneering technologies and products to companies worldwide for more than 35 years, accomplished by experienced teams of experts specialized in the development, industrialization and production of powertrain systems.
For over 35 years, hofer powertrain has offered custom-designed solutions for its customers and partners to convert engine performance reliably and efficiently into drive torque. In doing so, it expanded its know-how from the conventional manual transmission to advanced dual-clutch transmissions to the latest and future-oriented solutions for hybrid and electric powertrains.
About Grande West Transportation Group Inc.
Grande West Transportation is a Canadian company that designs and engineers mid-size multipurpose transit vehicles for public and commercial enterprises. Grande West utilizes world-class manufacturing partners to produce the purpose-built Vicinity heavy-duty bus available in clean diesel, gas and CNG (compressed natural gas) drive systems. The Vicinity LT EV with an electric propulsion drive system is available for 2021 deliveries.
The company has been successful in supplying Canadian municipal transportation agencies and private operators with new buses. Grande West is compliant to buy America certification, and with a strong distribution chain in the United States, is actively pursuing opportunities in public and private transit fleet operations that would benefit from Grande West's vehicles.
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