Harbinger to Debut EV Platform

A picture of the Harbinger medium duty RV chassis

Harbinger, a Los Angeles-based automotive manufacturer will unveil a new electric vehicle (EV) platform at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this month.

Harbinger’s scalable stripped chassis has been built to support the predominant medium-duty body types available today, including RVs, commercial walk-in vans, box trucks and other medium-duty vehicles, the company said.

Production for Harbinger electric platforms is projected to scale over the next five years, with first vehicles expected in late 2023, followed by the launch of volume production in 2024.

“Medium-duty vehicles serve as the backbone of the commercial transportation industry and are responsible for delivering tens of millions of packages and critical services every day,” said John Harris, CEO of Harbinger. “But while this industry has experienced tremendous growth, fleet customers today face acute shortages of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, and any meaningful supply of production-ready EV offerings is still years out. We are solving this problem head on.”

The chassis has a floor height under 28 inches, a 450,000-mile standard operating life, independent front suspension with rack-type steering, autonomous-ready with steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire and an 800V liquid cooled battery system with a one-hour DC fast-charging capability.

Harbinger’s EV solutions feature:

  • A proprietary eAxle at the heart of the vehicle combines the motor, inverter and gearbox into an integrated unit.
  • A liquid-cooled battery pack engineered with a supplier-agnostic sourcing strategy.
  • A new driver-focused chassis architecture with drive-by-wire steering and enhancements to vehicle ergonomics.

“This industry is performing on decades-old technology that makes its daily rigors nearly unbearable for drivers and concentrates emissions of harmful pollutants in highly populated, residential, and business areas where they most acutely affect human health. We can no longer sit idle and watch that happen,” Harris said. “The reality is that technologies developed for the passenger or heavy-duty vehicle industries simply cannot be repurposed for the medium-duty segment.”

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