Technology Developed with Rio Tinto & National Research Council of Canada
TM4 will unveil three new Sumo MD powertrain options at the EVS29 world electric vehicles meeting in Montreal later this month, promising better performance and less reliance on rare earth materials. The company promises a 45% improvement in torque and speed.
“Until now, the main rotor technology found in TM4’s electric motors was based on surface mounted permanent magnets,” states a release. “The desire to limit the use of rare-earth magnets has resulted in a technology choice that leverages the reluctance torque of TM4’s external rotor design and decreases by 25% the use of these elements.”
The use of SMCs – soft magnetic composites – for some of the magnets contributes to the improved torque and speed.
Unveil June 20
The enabling technology was developed in-house with the support of Rio Tinto Metal Powders and NRC, the National Research Council of Canada, TM4 says: “This partnership has made possible the conception and production of an innovative motor design combining new materials, a new forming process and an optimized fabrication method.”
EVS29, organized and hosted by the Washington. D.C.-based Electric Drive Transportation Association, takes place June 19-22 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.
TM4’s new Sumo MD LSM200-2200, -2600 and -3000 units will be unveiled on the afternoon of June 20.
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