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May 31, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery Vehicle ‘Is Now Ready for the Market,’ Says Developer

Portugal’s Efacec Electric Mobility has developed an all-battery bus now employing an innovative transmission from Vancouver’s Kinetics Drive Solutions – a product that itself depends on motors and controllers from Colorado’s UQM Technologies.

Kinetics & Efacec for All-Battery Buses

May 27, 2014 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Design Effort will Use UQM-Powered NexDrive Integrated Unit

British Columbia’s Kinetics Drive Solutions reports a partnership with Portugal’s Efacec Electric Mobility to develop “reliable, robust and efficient full-vehicle propulsion systems” for electric buses for Europe. updated with new contact information on May 28

UQM Technologies and Kinetics Drive Solutions are taking ‘a full system approach’ on development of complete drivelines for battery electric vehicles.

Kinetic’s UQM-powered NexDrive unit will aid in the development of simpler battery electric buses by Portugal’s Efacec.

The goal is to provide bus OEMs with an integrated system that can be applied to different vehicles “with minimal engineering development.”

“Efacec’s first electric bus with the NexDrive solution will be deployed for field operation in July,” states a Kinetics release.

The design is to incorporate Kinetics’ NexDrive EV3-850 intelligent 3-speed dual clutch transmission, which itself employs PowerPhase HD brand electric motors and controllers from Colorado’s UQM Technologies (F&F, April 22).

‘We Are Able to Deliver in a Shorter Time a Complete Technology’

“By working with Kinetics we are able to deliver in a shorter time a complete technology suit to enable our bus partners to response quickly to market demands,” Efacec managing director Pedro Silva says in the Kinetic announcement. “We see a synergy between both organizations’ expertise whereby Efacec provides the energy system and charging, vehicle control strategy and Kinetics, the drive system,” he said.

“With this partnership, Efacec compliments its scope of the energy part of an electric bus, with a drive system that is fully automated and specifically designed for electric traction,” Kinetics says. “Efacec provides the overall controls strategy, energy systems and both onboard and off-board charging solutions, and incorporates systems from its selected partners of batteries and drive systems.”

“This collaboration is another example of Kinetics working with leading organizations to deliver innovative and reliable solutions for the electric bus market,” said Kinetics sales and marketing director Gordon Osborn.

Kinetics Drive Solutions is a unit of Singapore Technologies Engineering.

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Source: Kinetics Drive Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


UQM and Kinetics for Full EV Drives

April 22, 2014 in Companies, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PowerPhase HD Motors & Controllers and NexDrive Transmissions

UQM Technologies said Tuesday that it is collaborating with Canada’s Kinetics Drive Solutions on “an efficient and robust integrated electric motor and multi-speed transmission system for commercial vehicle applications that will benefit from a full system approach.”

Kinetics Drive to Use UQM Motor

September 10, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

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