NexDrive Hybrid Package Reduces Driveline Integration Costs
British Columbia-based Kinetics Drive Solutions has selected UQM Technologies to supply the motor and controller for a new integrated drivetrain. The new drive uses Kinetics’ NexDrive brand multi-speed transmission. It is aimed at medium and heavy-duty vehicles including electric buses, utility vehicles and delivery trucks. Kinetics is eyeing military markets too.
Longmont, Colo.-based UQM (NYSE:UQM) will supply its PowerPhase HD 220 motor and controller for Kinetics’ NexDrive EV3-850.
“We have identified a market need for a drive solution that provides vehicle manufacturers with a complete solution that significantly reduces the cost of integrating the transmission with the motor,” said Kinetics business development director Paul Dries said in a release.
Streamlines the OEM Design Process
“By collapsing this time intensive step in the design process, we allow vehicle manufacturers to respond quickly to market demands,” Dries said.
Kinetics describes its NexDrive transmission as “an intelligent three-speed dual-clutch solution” that works with the UQM motor and controller to minimize torque interruption during gear shifting. “Such precise shift control allows the motor to operate at peak or near peak efficiency for superior battery performance and maximum vehicle range,” the company says.
The collaboration with UQM, Kinetics adds, is part of a strategy “to work with leading electric motor suppliers to deliver reliable, efficient and robust solutions that address the requirements of the commercial electric vehicles market.”
Kinetics and UQM will show their joint solution at the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Mich. later this month.
Kinetics is a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering. As such, UQM sees Asia market potential from its Kinetics connection too.
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