Transporters face the challenge of reducing CO², nitrogen and noise emissions. Smesh-E-Axle has been founded from the idea to speed up the proces of making heavy-duty trucks more sustainable.
Today, the industry focus is on making light and urban transport more sustainable. Slowly you see the first trucks on the street running on sustainable energy carriers such as hydrogen, batteries and alternative (bio) fuels.
What do all these technologies have in common? The electric powertrain!
To be able to make the switch from diesel fuel to sustainable energy carriers, entrepreneurs in heavy and long-distance transport are looking for trucks that are practical to use and can be deployed cost-effectively.
In theory, an electric-powered truck is much more energy efficient than the diesel version. In practice, however, the opposite is true.
This is because the ‘sustainable’ trucks are built on the basis of a powertrain that was conceived more than 100 years ago for a diesel truck. The limitations that arise are solved by adding much more motor power, increasing the energy consumption and reducing the range. This is solved by adding more batteries or larger hydrogen tanks, increasing vehicle weight. Even more power and energy is required to deliver the desired performance. The negative vicious circle is set in motion.
Everyone agrees that electric drive has the future. But continuing in the current way is a dead end because a lot of energy and money is lost in the powertrain. After 100 years of loyal service, it is time to break with the traditional truck powertrain: Large, heavy, inefficient.
Our co-founder Leon Lauwers has gone back to the drawing board and has developed a completely new powertrain. One with efficiency as a starting point, that fits today’s challenges.
To bring this idea into practice, a partnership has been set up, consisting of a team of companies and professionals, each with specialist knowledge in their own field. What binds us is the passion to bring innovation into practice.
The new standard in heavy-duty truck drivetrain technology is called Smesh-E-Axle. Actually it is very simple: an electric powertrain that is much more efficient and powerful, no matter what energy carrier is used.
All energy goes one way: The right one.
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