Marelli to develop EV e-axles with Belgian PUNCH in Strasbourg
Italian global automotive supplier Marelli will develop and produce e-axles for electric vehicles in Strasbourg (France) in a joint venture with the PUNCH Group of Belgian entrepreneur Guido Dumarey. The deal was signed earlier this month.
The new enterprise – owned in majority by Marelli – is called ‘Marelli Electric Powertrain Strasbourg’ and will be headquartered at the PUNCH site in Strasbourg, where the driveline and powertrain specialist has its PUNCH Powerglide (transmissions) manufacturing too.
Complete electric powertrains
According to a press release, Marelli is to “supply electric motors and inverters including software for the e-axles, PUNCH will contribute gearbox components and development as well as manufacturing expertise”.
Hannes Prenn, CEO of Marelli’s Electric Powertrain business, sees opportunities for “further expanding the company’s unique offering as a full system provider for electric powertrains, complemented by its thermal and battery management solutions”.
From fossil to clean hydrogen
“PUNCH wants to be a major player for reducers as part of complete e-axles, representing one of the key components for electric mobility. The partnership with Marelli is an enabler for us to accelerate and execute our long-term strategy from fossil to electric and ultimately clean hydrogen powertrain systems,” said Guido Dumarey, founder and CEO of PUNCH.
Under the PUNCH name, the Belgian industrial group combines, among others, PUNCH Torino, a center specialized in diesel propulsion and control that used to be a GM subsidiary too, PUNCH Flybrid developing energy recovery systems, PUNCH Precision, which produces aluminum chassis, and the former GM transmission branch in Strasbourg, PUNCH Powerglide.
The latter is specialized in the design, development, and production of transmissions with clients among major automotive suppliers and carmakers like ZF, General Motors, BMW, SAIC, Mahindra, and others.
Hydrogen combustion engines
The latest group member added in February 2021 is Torino-based (Italy) PUNCH Hydrocells to develop, supply, and integrate hydrogen-based propulsion and energy storage systems.
The latter is part of the EU-funded H2-ICE program, a partnership between five Italian companies with, among others, AVL Italia, a specialist in hydrogen combustion engines, and Landi Renzo, a specialist in LNG and LPG and hydrogen components and solutions for trucks and buses.