Dana Inc. buys Canadian electric commercial truck company Nordsea

Dana Inc. buys Canadian electric commercial truck company Nordsea

Nordsea Motors purchase extends Dana’s expertise in electrified systems and powertrains in the commercial market.


Maumee, Ohio – Dana Inc. has completed the acquisition of Nordrsea Motors Inc., a Canadian company that has designed and integrated electric powertrain systems into Isuzu low-cab forward (LCF) commercial trucks and panel vans. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Nordsea’s W4+ systems for Ford vans offered as much as 150 miles in electric only range. A similar number was possible with T4+ systems for Isuzu’s LCF trucks.

The investment enhances Dana's electrification capabilities by combining its portfolio of motors, inverters, chargers, gearboxes, and thermal-management products with Nordresa's battery-management system, electric powertrain controls, and integration expertise to deliver complete electric powertrain systems.

“Nordresa's experience designing and integrating electric vehicle systems enables Dana to offer our customers a complete system solution, including fully-integrated e-Axles, battery and powertrain controls, and thermal management,” said Dana President and CEO James Kamsickas. “Each of Dana's customers are at different points on their electrification journey and our strategy remains focused on supporting them with industry-leading technology and expertise for all vehicle architectures.”

The transition of the powertrain to fully electric requires changes to the propulsion system, power steering, air conditioning compressors, and other accessory systems that are specifically engineered for battery-electric solutions. Nordresa's ability to integrate these systems while customizing the battery storage and management systems enables the most efficient solutions to be offered to customers.

“The electrification of commercial vehicles is rapidly increasing, and Nordresa was in search of a company with a strong heritage and customer-centric culture that would further accelerate our business," said Nordsea President and CEO Sylvain Castonguay. “Joining Dana provides Nordresa access to a global footprint, diverse customer base, and complete portfolio of electrification capabilities that will create long-term value for our customers.”

Nordresa is headquartered near Montreal, Québec, Canada.