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UQM for a New Full Electric Drive System

June 20, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, New Products, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with Eaton and Pi Innovo for ‘PowerPhaseDT’
Including Include Motor, Two-Speed Transmission and Inverter:
Combination Intended for Larger & Cheaper Electric-Drive Vehicles

Colorado’s UQM Technologies has disclosed a new alliance with Eaton and Michigan’s Pi Innovo to develop a full electric drivetrain system using UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter.

“Supplier relationships with Eaton and Pi Innovo will allow UQM to meet the growth projections of the EV commercial global market including China, Europe and South America,” states a release.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

UQM’s PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter will be the basis of the new UQM PowerPhaseDT including twospeed transmission by Eaton with a Pi Innovo control unit.

The UQM package is to be combined with a new two-speed transmission from Eaton and a transmission control unit from Pi Innovo. The full electric drivetrain system will be called the “UQM PowerPhaseDT.”

Smaller Motors

UQM says it will have prototypes ready for customers by early fall and start-of-production units ready by early 2017.

Benefits will include better hill-climbing, acceleration and efficiency, as the new two-speed transmission will provide greater speed and torque range from that of a direct drive system, allowing for a smaller electric motor to drive large vehicles. UQM expects improvements in packaging, efficiency, payload capacity and cost compared with direct drive or single-speed drivelines.

“Perhaps the biggest benefit is the fact that the two-speed transmission keeps the electric motor operating in the highest efficiency region for a greater portion of the drive cycle,” UQM technology VP Josh Ley says in the partnership announcement. ,

Smaller Battery Packs

“This, coupled with the extremely high efficiency of the ‘UQM PowerPhaseDT’ electric drivetrain system, will enable the highest overall vehicle efficiency, saving cost in batteries and increasing range,” he said.

“Pi Innovo’s hardware, software and applications engineers have worked closely with the UQM team to optimize the performance of the system to meet the efficiency requirements demanded by UQM’s customers,” said Pi Innovo Walter Lucking. “Working with UQM has been a great experience for our team,” he said.

“This system will help vehicle manufacturers ensure they are providing a product that helps them improve vehicle efficiency without compromising performance,” said Marco Rollero, Eaton vehicle group EMEA sales and marketing director.

An ‘Overarching Need’

“We have done extensive market research and believe that this offering will be the ideal drivetrain solution for electric and range-extended commercial vehicles,” said UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell.

“The development and production of a full electric drivetrain system will support the overarching need for full transmission systems as enhanced performance and efficiency requirements are mandated by customer drive cycle needs as well as the need to reduce battery costs and meet more stringent environmental regulations,” UQM says.

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UQM, president and CEO Joe Mitchell, 303-682-4900; [email protected]

UQM, VP Adrian Schaffer, 303-682-4920 or 303-682-4900 (main); [email protected]

UQM, Ian Stonington, 303-682-4941; mobile 512-576-1824; [email protected];

Pi Innovo, VP Adrian Carnie, 734-656-0149; mobile 734-968-0931; 734-656-0140 (main); [email protected];

Eaton info, Jim Michels, 248-226-6806 or 248-226-6200 (main); mobile 248-245-9138; [email protected];

Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Eaton CNG Hoses for Stations, NGVs

February 29, 2016 in certifications, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Suitable for Fueling Installations and Onboard Vehicle Use

Eaton has introduced new hoses for CNG, emphasizing that the robust products have been tested by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland, and are among the first to be certified to ANSI NGV 4.2 Class A & D and ANSI NGV 3.1 Class B & C standards.

Eaton Exits EVSE for Fast Charging

October 7, 2015 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Remain in the Residential EV Charger Market

Eaton is exiting the market for heavy duty EVSE – electric vehicle support equipment, including its high-power “hyper” chargers.

Eaton says it will remain active in residential EV charging.

Eaton says it will remain active in residential EV charging.

“Eaton is discontinuing our direct current hyper charger for electric buses, direct current quick chargers and Level 2 commercial electric car chargers, and this was effective September 1,” a company spokeswoman told F&F this morning.

‘Weakened Market Demand’

“The decision on these products was a business decision dictated by weakened market demand.

“We will continue to provide technical support through the Eaton Technical Resource Center (TRC) and will continue to process warranties,” she said. “The discontinuation will not affect the manufacture and sale of Eaton’s residential charging solutions.”

Eaton reported Intertek-ETL safety certification of the DC hyper charger early this year (F&F, February 19).

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Source: Eaton with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Proterra Unveils ‘Nimbler’ 35-Foot Bus

October 7, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Opens Northern California Headquarters South of San Francisco
And Announces DART in Texas as the Lead Customer for 35-Footer

Proterra celebrated the opening of its new Northern California headquarters yesterday evening, and unveiled a new, “nimbler” 35-foot Catalyst bus to complement its standard 40-foot offering.

New Flyer’s Electric APTA Expo

October 14, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

An All-Battery 40-Footer and a Hydrogen Fuel Cell 60-Footer
As Electric Transit Buses Said to Be a Matter of ‘When,’ Not “If’

New Flyer Industries is flexing its electric muscle at APTA Expo 2014 in Houston this week. The Winnipeg-headquartered company is  showing its first all-battery electric bus, the 40-foot Xcelsior XE40, and has announced the hydrogen fuel cell-powered, 60-foot articulated Xcelsior X60. Both have Siemens electric drives.

Foothill for First-Ever All-Electric Bus Route

September 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proterra Fast-Charging Enables 100% Electrification of Line 291,
The Route’s Formal Launch Is to Take Place Saturday, September 27

Southern California’s Foothill Transit, a pioneering operator of route-charged 100% battery electric buses since 2010, will celebrate the full electrification of its Pomona-La Verne service at the Pomona Transit Center this Saturday morning, September 27.

Proterra Switches to 40-Foot Battery Buses

August 21, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Notches First Order for Second-Generation Vehicle with Foothill,
Hires Matt Horton as Sales VP Who’ll Set Up New California Office

Proterra is shifting production of its 100% battery electric buses from 35 feet to full-size 40-footers more suitable for transit demand, and has notched its first 40-foot sale with its largest customer, Foothill Transit in Southern California, which it says is taking two. updated September 12

EV Connect for Chargers in New York

June 23, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Company Wins $1.6 Million NYPA Contract,
Will Use Eaton Gear But Cites OCPP as Winning Factor

Los Angeles-based EV Connect has a contract worth $1,568,108 from the New York Power Authority for the deployment and management of more than a hundred electric vehicle charging stations in 37 locations throughout New York State.

Eaton Auto Tranny for ISX12 G Trucks

March 10, 2014 in New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Automated Transmission for a U.S. Spark-Ignition Natural Gas Engine

Eaton has unveiled an integrated powertrain package with automated transmission for trucks powered by the ISX12 G natural gas engine by Cummins Westport. The package with Eaton’s UltraShift Plus transmission provides customers “with the first automated transmission to be paired with a spark-ignited natural gas engine in the North American market.”

NREL & ARPA-E Back Better Batteries

January 17, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Lab Is Working Three Battery Management Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has begun projects with Utah State University, Washington University, and Eaton Corp, looking to optimize utilization, life, and cost of lithium ion batteries for electric drive vehicles via improved battery management and controls. The three AMPED – Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices – projects have more than $7.4 million in support from DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

Eaton Targets $500 for NGV Fueler

July 23, 2012 in CNG, EVs, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eaton is targeting just $500 for the NGV home fueler it’s developing with the support of ARPA-E, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

ARPA-E Awards $30 Million for NGVs

July 13, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nine of 13 MOVE Awards Are for Cheaper CNG Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $30 million for 13 natural gas vehicles projects, nine of them aimed at getting around the physical laws that force storage of compressed natural gas in bulky, heavy, expensive and generally inconvenient fuel cylinders. The other four are for home CNG fueling.

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Eaton Is Enhancing Its Hybrids

June 1, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eaton last week disclosed enhancements to increase the fuel economy, performance and payback of its parallel hybrid electric offerings for commercial vehicles.

The improvements include a new high capacity battery, a new AC auxiliary power generator (APG), a higher capacity clutch to expand applications up to 860 lb-ft of torque, and a new remanufactured battery for aftermarket purchase.

Eaton Offers Hybrid Fleet Education Document

March 15, 2012 in Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

Eaton-Roadranger has published an educational fact sheet on hybrid electric power systems for commercial trucks “with a wealth of information to help fleets determine whether the technology is the correct platform for their operation.”

Napa Valley USD Welcomes New Hybrids

February 6, 2012 in Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

Northern California’s Napa Valley Unified School District is deploying new hybrid buses, employing parallel drive technology from Eaton and Azure Dynamics.

$7 Million for EV Chargers

January 14, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The U.S. Energy Department has awarded nearly $7 million to four companies to develop better connected and more economical electric vehicle chargers – cutting costs by as much as 50% in three years.

“Developing smart electric vehicle chargers will provide more options to consumers and accelerate the build-out of charging infrastructure in ways that strengthen the electric grid,” U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a release.

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