As the Two Companies Are to Co-Develop an Advanced Induction Motor
Echo Automotive says that a supply agreement with Remy International ensures the supply of components for the EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid electric drive units going into production this year, while at the same time the companies will co-develop a new motor dubbed the “Echo Induction Machine.”
“Remy has over 100,000 electric motors on the road with over 2 billion miles today and over 10 years of electric traction motor production,” Echo chairman and president Jason Plotke said in a release. “This supply agreement ensures that Echo can continue to incorporate the power and efficiency of Remy patented High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) components into our EchoDrive system.”
Further, Echo says, “the agreement formalizes the development of an advanced induction motor system, Echo Induction Machine, that will be assembled and distributed by Echo Automotive and available to system integrators.”
‘A Safer and More Affordable Alternative’
Echo describes the developmental product as “a complete advanced induction motor system designed to deliver outstanding power density, efficiency and durability through an integrated stator and rotor pairing with an optimized inverter control.
“This unique machine will offer a safer and more affordable alternative to other motor types in many light-to-medium-duty applications within the automotive industry and beyond,” Echo says.
“The Echo development team understands the demands of their technologies and their uses, and is specifying proven components like our Remy motor that enhance the efficiency and robustness of EchoDrive,” Remy CEO Jay Pittas says in the Echo release.
‘New Revenue Streams’
“The company clearly sees an opportunity to create new revenue streams by introducing their advanced technologies to other OEMs and integrators,” Pittas said.
Echo says that Remy components are in use in the EchoDrive beta system, and will be included in the EchoDrive production units scheduled for delivery later this year. The Echo Induction Motor will be available separately through EchoSolutions.
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