Allison buys Vantage Power

Go-Ahead London WVL94 (LF52 ZNG), a Wright Eclipse Gemini-bodied Volvo B7TL converted to Vantage Power hybrid drive, in service in November 2017. MARK LYONS

United States automatic gearbox giant Allison Transmission has acquired Vantage Power, the London new start business that installed hybrid electric drive systems in seven London double-deckers, and has launched its own new electric axles for heavy-duty buses including the Alexander Dennis Enviro500EV for North America.

Together with its concurrent purchase of Michigan-based AxleTech’s electric vehicle systems division, it says the acquisition of Vantage forms part of an electrification strategy that leverages and extends its current electric hybrid technologies, develops new electrified propulsion solutions and expands system and integration level capabilities in alternative propulsion.

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