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American Axle, Israel's REE to develop electric-vehicle propulsion system

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Employees leave American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) plant, an automotive supplier to GM, in Silao, Mexico October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Maldonado

Automobile parts maker American Axle & Manufacturing (AXL.N) and Israel's REE Automotive will jointly develop an electric propulsion system to tap accelerating demand for battery-powered vehicles, the companies said on Friday.

The propulsion system, which powers automotive vehicles, will incorporate American Axle's electric drive units into Ree's technology that integrates all the traditional vehicle chassis components into the arch of the wheel.

The electric drive units will be developed by American Axle in Detroit and prototypes will be delivered by the end of the year. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This agreement to provide electric drive technology ... is an important step in growing AAM's electric propulsion business," said American Axle Chief Executive Officer David Dauch.

Earlier this year, REE agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp (VCVC.O) in a deal that valued the electric-vehicle technology startup at around $3.6 billion. read more

Investors in the transaction included Mahindra and Mahindra (MAHM.NS) and auto supplier Magna International (MG.TO).

Separately, American Axle said it will receive $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the development of its electric drive technology.

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