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UQM Unveiling New EV Motor Inverter

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest PowerPhase Unit Is Smaller and Lighter

UQM Technologies is trumpeting a new PowerPhase brand electric vehicle motor inverter at this week’s Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Expo in Michigan.

“The new inverter is designed for extremely high reliability,” UQM says. It provides 135 kilowatts of peak and 100 kilowatts of continuous power for light and medium duty commercial EVs and high performance passenger vehicles, “with a very compact form factor for optimized packaging, high reliability and low cost.”


UQM Technologies sales & marketing VP Adrian Schaffer

UQM Technologies sales & marketing VP Adrian Schaffer

The unit occupies less than 7 liters of space and weighs less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds), and can produce 600 amperes at voltages up to 500.

“We Continue to Expand Our Reach’

“The next generation inverter marks another advancement for UQM as we continue to expand our reach in the commercial EV market and offer the latest technology to our customers,” UQM sales and marketing VP Adrian Schaffer said in a release.

“Our team looks forward to sharing this initial product unveiling with key customers and industry colleagues before we release it to the market as a whole,” he said.

‘PowerPhase Pro’ for 2018

The new inverter will feature in a new UQM PowerPhase Pro driveline that’s to be production-ready in 2018.

Schaffer is participating in a panel session at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Expo conference tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 14. The event runs concurrently with The Battery Show, September 13-15 in Novi, Mich.


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Proterra Extends Range to 350 Miles

September 12, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Nominal’ Figure for New Catalyst E2 Battery Bus Series,
Vehicle Topped 600 Miles at the Laurens Proving Grounds

Proterra has launched a new all-battery transit bus variant, trumpeting a “nominal” single-charge range of up to 350 miles for the Catalyst E2 with 440 to 660 kilowatt hours of battery capacity. updated September 14
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UQM Extends Proterra Supply Pact

July 26, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Extension Reflects the Increased Demand in the U.S. Marketplace’

UQM Technologies said this morning that it’s extended its PowerPhase HD driveline supply agreement with Proterra, which manufactures 100% battery-electric transit buses.

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra'a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).

UQM PowerPhase controller and motor coupled on display at Proterra’a Northern California facility (F&F, October 7, 2015).



“The extension reflects the increased demand in the U.S. marketplace for the Proterra buses and the expected increased production volume of the UQM PowerPhase HD systems,” states a release.

UQM notes that Proterra vehicles have logged 2 million miles of revenue service (F&F, March 3) with operators in California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts Kentucky, and Nevada – “with growing demand nationally.”

‘Second to None’

“The experience we have mutually gained with Proterra through their support, success and growth has translated into a product that is second to none in this market,” UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell says in today’s announcement.

“We look forward to our continued growth and expanding our drivetrain technology offerings globally to support this exciting market segment,” he said.

‘Helped Us Raise the Bar’

“UQM has consistently performed to our expectations, and helped us raise the bar for the market as a whole,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple.

“The extension of our long-term supply agreement with UQM reflects our mutual success in this partnership, and speaks to the ability of both teams to address the technology curve as well as provide solutions that are attractive to our EV customer base.”


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Proterra Trumpets Seattle Catalyst Trial

April 1, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Heavily Laden 40-Footer Averaged 325 Miles per Day

Battery bus manufacturer Proterra has released the results of a 106-day trial of a 40-foot Catalyst FC (fast-charge) bus with King County Metro in Seattle. The vehicle ran 24 hours per day to simulate one year and, with 14,500 pounds of water ballast representing 125% of a normal full load of 77 passengers, logged 32,545 total miles – “nearly twice the distance of standard industry tests at Altoona,” Proterra says. updated April 4
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UQM and New Eagle for Full Electric Drives

February 22, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Software from New Eagle and Hardware from UQM
For ‘Higher Ease of Integration to the End Customer’

UQM Technologies and New Eagle are collaborating on electric drivelines, promising “total electric drive solutions for vehicle manufacturers which will be available for automotive, light- and medium-duty vehicles, as well as fleet marine applications.”


New Eagle claims a ‘rugged suite of automotive-grade control modules… capable of controlling virtually any combination of powertrain components and electrical subsystems within an hybrid or electric vehicle.’

New Eagle claims a ‘rugged suite of automotive-grade control modules… capable of controlling virtually any combination of powertrain components and electrical subsystems within an hybrid or electric vehicle.’

UQM develops and manufactures power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors.

New Eagle applies model-based design to embedded systems, and has progressed from engineering to the supply of controls for production vehicles.

‘Turn-Key Solutions’

Their goal is to provide “turn-key solutions for rapid prototype development that will lead to successful production programs” using UQM’s PowerPhase hardware and New Eagle’s supervisory control software.

“Working with UQM brings a higher ease of integration to the end customer,” New Eagle president Rich Swortzel says in the UQM announcement. “UQM has an impressive record of successful performance at a very competitive price point,” he said.

‘A Growing Need in the Marketplace’

“Our electric commercial drivetrain customers will benefit from this combination.”

“UQM has seen a growing need in the marketplace for integrated drivetrain solutions,” said UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell. “We see this collaboration as a great step towards providing the end customers with a variety of integrated platforms by vehicle class that will lead to more commercial electric vehicles on the road.”


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UQM Wraps First China ITL Shipments

February 2, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Company Sees Huge Potential with Eastlake New Energy

UQM Technologies says it’s fulfilled its initial order for PowerPhase Pro 135 electric drives to China, where it is supplying Eastlake New Energy, which owns several Chinese OEMs including Yangste Bus, via Eastlake’s ITL Efficiency Corp subsidiary.
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UQM HD220 for Kalmar Airport Tugs

January 26, 2016 in Aviation, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Best Power Density, Performance and Efficiency We Have Seen’

UQM Technologies said today that its PowerPhase HD220 heavy duty motor-and-controller combination has successfully passed vehicle trials with major airlines, and that Sweden’s Kalmar Motor will use the drive in its TBL-50 airplane tugs.
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UQM Reports $400m Deal with China’s ITL

October 27, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Signs Ten Year Supply Agreement with ITL/Eastlake Energy
For ‘Revenue in Excess of $400 Million Over a Ten-Year Period,’
Is Said to Be a ‘Game Changer’ for the Veteran EV Drive Supplier

UQM Technologies said Monday that the first purchase order have been issued for PowerPhase electric propulsion systems for ITL Efficiency in China. Based on projected volume shipments, the relationship could mean “revenue in excess of $400 million over a ten-year period,” UQM said.
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UQM Introduces Power-Phase HD(+)

October 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Motor Variant ‘to Tackle Extreme Duty Cycles’

UQM Technologies is claiming a “leap in technology” with the addition of a new HD(+) variant to its line of PowerPhase electric motors. HD(+) “offers the ability to tackle extreme duty cycles with up to 25% improved continuous power using water-glycol cooling medias preferred by most OEMs,” UQM says.
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UQM to Power 45 Zenith Trucks for DHL

September 22, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Orders Have Been Picking Up Steadily with Zenith Motors’

Colorado’s UQM Technologies announced yesterday that it’s supplying PowerPhase Pro135 systems for 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL Express U.S. updated September 23

PowerPhase Pro135 motors by UQM Technologies will power 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL.

PowerPhase Pro135 motors by UQM Technologies will power 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL.

DHL has purchased 45 of the Dodge ProMaster-based vehicles for use in California and New York (F&F, September 14).

“Orders have been picking up steadily with Zenith Motors and this contract with DHL is a good sign for Zenith and their growth in the EV delivery vehicle market,” UQM interim CEO and president Joe Mitchell said in a release.

‘Major Fleets Begin to See the Merits’

“As other major fleets begin to see the merits of electric vehicles and the efficiency and reliability of the UQM drive solutions, we anticipate seeing more good news like this,” Mitchell said.

“Zenith has been greatly anticipating this order with DHL and is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the UQM powered full electric delivery vehicles,” Zenith Motors William Yung says in the DHL announcement.

Zenith is sourcing both motors and inverters for the DHL vehicles from UQM.


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DHL Buys 45 Zenith Battery Trucks

September 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Breakthrough Order for Battery Trucks for California and New York

DHL Express U.S. has ordered 45 Dodge Ram ProMaster-chassis battery electric trucks from Kentucky’s Zenith Motors. The trucks have PowerPhase 135 motors from UQM Technologies and 62.2-kilowatt lithium ion battery packs by Zenith. updated September 17
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UQM PowerPhase 220 for EVI Work

September 1, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Walk-In Van and Freightliner M2 Re-Powers for Undisclosed Customers

Colorado’s UQM Technologies reported a new order from Electric Vehicles International for UQM’s PowerPhase HD 220 electric drive systems, for delivery later this calendar year to power all-electric walk-in vans and medium-duty commercial trucks.
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UQM Reports Orders from Zenith & Ballard

August 18, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UQM PowerPhase Pro 135 Drive Units for All-Battery Vans
And R410 Fuel Cell Compressor Systems for Hydrogen Buses

UQM Technologies reports increased orders for its PowerPhase Pro 135 drives for battery electric vans by Zenith Motors, citing a new medium duty truck order for the Kentucky-based zero-emission vehicle developer. UQM also reported shipped the first complete fuel cell compressor systems to Ballard Power Systems.

This Item Was Initially Posted on August 17
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Proterra Prepares for Cal Manufacturing

April 28, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEC Money to Support Plant at City of Industry (Los Angeles)
For Versatile ‘Catalyst’ All-Electric 40-Foot Transit Bus Platform

Proterra is celebrating the award of $3 million from the California Energy Commission to fund the design, development and construction of a state-of-the-art plant to manufacture its zero-emission, battery-electric transit buses. updated April 29
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Korea Breakthrough for Colorado’s UQM?

February 6, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Ton Battery Trucks in Korea to Use PowerPhase Pro 100 Units
As UQM Gets China Certification and Cites ‘Sluggish Domestic Market’

Colorado’s UQM Technologies is to provide its PowerPhase Pro 100 electric motor/controller systems for one-ton truck conversions in Korea, the company says, noting that its customer Power Plaza “is working directly with the Seoul city government on this project, with initial conversions being placed in several local postal fleets for testing and evaluation.

Note UQM logo on Power Plaza battery truck.

Note UQM logo on Power Plaza battery truck.

“There are over 2.5 million one-ton trucks in South Korea, primarily used for short haul delivery, making a strong case for electric conversions,” UQM says.

Power Plaza will launch the pilot program for the high-performance version of its upfit using UQM PowerPhase electric motors and controllers “after initial homologation,” UQM says.

One Fleet Has 18,000 Candidate Trucks

“UQM is the correct partner for us, and with their many years of experience, their support and expertise will help make this program a success,” Power Plaza CEO Sung Ho Kim says in a UQM release.


“This relationship further enhances our position as a global leader in electric propulsion,” said UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour.

“One of the key partners in the program is the South Korean conglomerate CJ which has a total fleet of 18,000 one-ton vehicles used for short-haul delivery, and is evaluating electrifying a portion of their fleet,” UQM adds.

UQM says it will co-exhibit with Power Plaza at the EVS-28 world electric vehicle show in Seoul in May.

Approved for use in China

Approved for use in China

‘Ongoing Progress Outside of the U.S.’

UQM also said this week that it has received certification of its heavy duty PowerPhase HD 250 system optimized for transit bus and commercial vehicle applications in China following three months of testing by the China Automotive Technology & Research Center in Tianjin.

UQM took a bath revenue-wise during its fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31, with sales dropping to $836,000 compared to $2.0 million for the same quarter last year. Net loss for the third quarter was $1.4 million, compared to a net loss of $66,000 for the same period last year (which included a one-time benefit of $727,000).

”While our results this quarter reflect the sluggish domestic market and the timing of orders from our customers, we are very pleased with our ongoing progress outside of the U.S.,” Ridenour said in the firm’s earning release Thursday.

“Our newly-announced China certification and strategic customer agreements in Asia reflect our significant efforts to secure high volume contracts and penetrate that large and growing market opportunity,” he said.

UQM welcomes business from Asia.

UQM welcomes business from Asia.


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UQM Gets Patent for Non-Rare Earth

January 20, 2015 in Electric Drive, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Unique Rotor Design Avoids Current Demagnetization Issues

Colorado’s UQM Technologies reports the award of a U.S. patent covering “a unique rotor design that enables the use of non-rare earth magnets and avoids the demagnetization issues that would occur with these magnets if used in current motor designs.”

The design “provides an alternative technology to reduce exposure to price and supply volatility of rare earth materials,” the company says.

UQM's non-rare earth motor is now protected by a U.S. patent.

UQM’s non-rare earth motor is now protected by a U.S. patent.

“This new design provides a similar level of performance to UQM’s current design,” states a release. When development is completed, it “will allow UQM the flexibility to choose between these systems depending on projected magnet costs,” the company says.

‘Unique Magnet Geometry’

U.S. patent Number 8,928,198 “covers the unique magnet geometry and the method of manufacturing the motor,” UQM says. It was issued on January 6.

“The patented technology that we’ve developed provides a viable option to existing rare-earth motor technology, limiting exposure for us and our customers to the price and political volatilities of rare-earth magnets,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour said in a release.


“We are now in the prototype stage and the first samples are meeting our objectives, providing us with the validation to move into the next phase of development.”

UQM reported its work on non-rare earth motors more than two years ago (F&F, November 14, 2012).


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Zenith Reports U.S. EPA Approval

July 8, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims First All-Battery Commercial Van to Win Certificate of Conformity

Wilder, Ky.-based Zenith Motors says its battery electric vans are the first to receive a U.S. EPA Certificate of Conformity, “a required certification for vehicles to operate on U.S. roads and highways and certifies that vehicles conform to all EPA regulations and emission standards.” updated July 10
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