SAF-Holland charges ahead with electric axles

Electric trailer axles are new territory for environmentally conscious transport and logistics companies. Equipment specialist, SAF-Holland, is leading the way in this space and continues to optimise this technology for the benefit of operators Australia-wide.

Fleets across Australia are beginning to realise the advantages of utilising SAF-Holland’s electric axle technology to reduce emissions and become more sustainable and environmentally responsible businesses.

The SAF TRAKr, for instance, generates additional electrical energy to lower the emissions and fuel consumption of a truck and trailer combination. The recuperated energy can be used to run the trailer refrigeration unit completely with electricity which also helps to reduce noise generated by the vehicle.

The electric axle from SAF-Holland is designed for axle loads from 9-10t and is available with different disc brakes for 19.5” and 22.5” wheels. The axle uses a high-voltage generator module with a maximum power of 26 kW.

Maintenance work on the axle is simple and cost-efficient, too. The drive unit does not have to be removed for uninstalling the wheel ends and wheels. The spare parts supply is also uncomplicated, as wear parts such as brake pads or brake rotors are identical to the components for the non-driven SAF-Holland axles.

The SAF TRAKe electric trailer axle supports the drive of the tractor unit in difficult road conditions.

A testament to its market prowess, SAF-Holland won the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2022 for its electric trailer axles in the ‘Components and Aggregates’ category.

The award recognises that acting responsibly not only contributes to solving ecological and social issues but also promotes the competitiveness and profitability of a company.

It is known that SAF-Holland’s electric axles for regenerative braking and assistance protection protects the environment both in production as well as during the journey itself. In addition to reducing fuel consumption, the SAF TRAKr also cuts carbon and particulate matter emissions from the trailer.

The SAF TRAKe electric trailer axle, on the other hand, supports the drive of the tractor unit in difficult road conditions. The manufacturer has also eliminated the use of rare earth metals and copper in the production of its electric axles.

Christoph Günter – President Europe, Middle East and Africa and Chief Technology Officer at SAF-Holland says: “We are very pleased that, with this award, the jury has recognised our contribution to the electrification of heavy goods transport. Our SAF TRAKe and SAF TRAKr electric axles conserve valuable resources during production and specifically reduce C02 and noise emissions during operation.”

The SAF TRAKr electric trailer axle generates additional electrical energy to lower the emissions and fuel consumption of a truck and trailer combination.

Series production of SAF-Holland electric trailer axles has also commenced.

The electric trailer axles can be used, for example, to operate the refrigeration units in refrigerated vehicles permanently using only electric power. Ten pre-series vehicles are already on the road in Europe, and another in Australia (Primary Connect). By the end of the year a total 50 trailers from various manufacturers are to be equipped with the SAF TRAKr axle.

Fast fact
The European Transport Award for Sustainability in the category ‘Components and Aggregates’ went to SAF-Holland’s electric trailer axles.

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