American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM), a GM supplier, has unveiled its EV-converted GMC Sierra 1500 at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show, showing off the company’s latest all-electric driveline technologies. The all-electric Sierra 1500 was joined by the hybrid Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, as well as an interactive display that allowed visitors to build their own EV using AAM components.
AAM’s EV-converted GMC Sierra 1500 was equipped from the factory with an internal combustion engine, but now incorporates the company’s three-in-one high-speed electric drive unit (eDU) and e-Beam technologies. Highlights include a single 150kW eDU to drive the front wheels, as well as a 425kW e-Beam in the rear of the vehicle, thus providing the truck with four-wheel-drive grip. The company states that the system’s three-in-one design integrates AAM’s proprietary motor, inverter, and gearbox into a single assembly, thus providing benefits in packing, cost, performance, and vehicle platform integration.
“CES provides AAM a platform to showcase some of the industry’s preeminent driveline technologies that support a rapidly changing, global auto industry,” said AAM Chairman and CEO, David C. Dauch. “As the industry continues to transition to hybrid and electrified vehicles, we are proud of the products and technologies our engineers are developing. We are in a great position to provide OEMs with a full portfolio of products from EV components to fully electric drive systems.”
The AAM booth also includes the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, which features AAM’s electric driveline technology, plus an interactive configurator that allows visitors to digitally build their own EV using AAM components and systems, including performance models, SUVs, and heavy duty trucks.
To note, General Motors launched the all-electric GMC Sierra EV for the 2024 model year, built from the ground up as a fully electric pickup truck. Based on the GM BT1 platform, the GMC Sierra EV features GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium Drive motor technology. The GMC Sierra EV is not related to AAM’s EV-converted GMC Sierra 1500.