Wednesday August 16, 2017 0 comments
LONGMONT -- UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE MKT: UQM) today announced a European OEM will conduct a pilot trial of its full electric drivetrain solution, the PowerPhase®DT.
The OEM will be running two of the DT systems for evaluation with the long term goal of an all-electric transit bus production program, UQM said.
UQM said the drivetrain in the PowerPhase DT provides a greater speed and torque range than direct-drive systems, allowing smaller electric motors to drive large vehicles.
The UQM electric drivetrain system also allows for improved packaging, greater efficiency, greater payload capacity and lower cost when compared with direct-drive or single-speed drivetrain strategies, the company said.
As battery costs rapidly decrease, heavy-duty commercial and transit markets see the economic potential of electric drive vehicles compared to large diesel engines and multispeed transmissions.
Fuel savings of pure electric vehicles (>20 mpg equivalent) compared with traditional diesel (4 mpg) and hybrid systems (6 mpg) is enough to quickly recover the investment in an electric drive, UQM said.
“With recent announcements in Europe and other markets about closing city centers to internal combustion and transitioning towards EV, we see the transit bus market as a key element to this important change,” said Joe Mitchell, UQM president and CEO.
“After considerable success in the U.S. market with our customer Proterra, we are now bringing our technology to Europe with the potential for volume production contracts. This is the clean, quiet, efficient and affordable solution for electric and range-extended electric buses.”