Miles: Zero Emissions Electric Axle Suitable for 12-44t road freight applications


PEMC is delighted to be working on a project, funded by Innovate UK, with Contract Innovation on Miles, a project which will create a new eAxle design suitable for application in large vehicle applications ranging from 12-44tonnes GVW, including transit bus, coach and freight transport applications.

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Large heavy commercial vehicles are responsible for 39% of the worlds CO2 emissions from transport and have significant detrimental impact on urban air quality and public health. Miles will utilise high speed electric machines and a novel transmission configuration. Acceleration, gradeability and maximum speed will match or exceed the existing ICE performance whilst operating 100% electrically with zero emissions. Novel technical content significantly increases part load, low, and high-speed efficiency providing operators with a vehicle performance which is robust to varying usage patterns including payload and drivecycle effects.

The family concept provides both central drive and eAxle configurations with a common core and may be retro fitted into existing vehicles or applied to dedicated EV platforms.

Within this project, PEMC will investigate the utilisation of high speed electric machines, and Contract Innovation will develop the control system and novel transmission configuration.

Team members include: 


  • Dr Gaurang Vakil
  • Dr Adam Walker
  • Prof Chris Gerada
  • Dr Ramkumar Ramanathan
  • Dr Mohammad Ilkhani
  • Dr Shahjahan Syed
  • Dr Rebecca Burns


Contract Innovation

  • Andrew Harrison
  • Dr Sam Fraser
  • Duncan Hennion
  • Dr Mark Tucker
  • Jenny Harrison
  • Dr Nick Rivara




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