EIT InnoEnergy has introduced a €4.2-million funding in Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a maker of EV in-wheel-drive expertise. EIT InnoEnergy’s funding will function a springboard to safe additional progress whereas giving Elaphe entry to EIT’s sustainable vitality and mobility innovation networks.
Elaphe says its absolutely modular platform combines the in-wheel powertrain with software program able to optimizing every in-wheel motor in real-time, permitting integration into a variety of automobiles, reducing down on manufacturing prices and eradicating the restrictions of conventional centralized powertrains whereas rising car performance and security options.
Elaphe CEO Gorazd Lampic stated, “The partnership with EIT InnoEnergy strengthens Elaphe’s place each within the EU and globally. The funding and assist will considerably speed up business actions with automotive OEMs. This in flip will assist us additional optimize our best-in-class expertise platform in accordance with buyer necessities for manufacturing automobiles.”
Elaphe claims its patented electromagnetic design allows particular torque as much as 100 Nm/kg, 200 kW of energy per common automotive wheel, and superior packaging advantages. OEMs can both combine their most popular off-the-shelf nook elements (reminiscent of brakes, rims, bearings, suspensions, and so on) or go for a turnkey answer.
“We consider Elaphe is uniquely positioned to play a number one position in the way forward for the automotive and transport sectors—a future that’s electrical and sustainable,” stated EIT InnoEnergy’s Jennifer Dungs. “Not solely is the timing proper and their in-wheel powertrain expertise probably the most superior out there and commercially prepared—the strategy they’ve taken, creating a extremely adaptable platform, will enable them to ship instantaneous profit to automotive OEMs and thus have a far-reaching impression on the mobility sector for many years to come back.”
A number of car producers are working with Elaphe to use its in-wheel expertise to manufacturing automobiles, together with Lordstown Motors, an Ohio-based electrical truck startup that just lately bought GM’s former Lordstown manufacturing complicated. Lordstown’s Endurance pickup truck has already accrued pre-orders in extra of 40,000 automobiles, and is about to begin deliveries in 2021.