Langley, BC. May 22, 2014 – Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. (Kinetics) and Efacec Electric Mobility, S.A. (Efacec) have announced their collaboration to deliver reliable, robust and efficient full-vehicle propulsion systems for electric buses. This solution is engineered to provide bus OEMs a fully integrated and optimized system that can be implemented on various platforms with minimal engineering development. Efacec’s first electric bus with the NexDrive™ solution will be deployed for field operation in July.
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.
“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. We see a synergy between both organizations’ expertise whereby Efacec provides the energy system and charging, vehicle control strategy and Kinetics, the drive system” said Pedro Silva, Managing Director at Efacec.
This system includes Kinetics’ NexDrive™ EV3-850 intelligent 3-speed dual clutch transmission, designed and developed specifically for medium and heavy duty electric vehicles and Kinetics’ transmission controls which works harmoniously with UQM’s PowerPhase electric motor enabling the system to operate at peak efficiency for extended battery performance and vehicle range.
Efacec’s technology and solutions include on-board energy systems, such as batteries, high voltage distribution, auxiliary converter, charging system, control and monitoring, and off-board charging system for all types of electric vehicles, an area where Efacec is a market leader with its CHAdeMO and SAE/CCS chargers.
With core expertise in electronics, Efacec provides the overall controls strategy, energy systems and both on-board and off-board charging solutions, and incorporates systems from its selected partners of batteries and drive systems.
“We are pleased to partner Efacec on this launch project for our NexDrive™ lightweight 3-speed dual clutch transmission in Europe. This collaboration is another example of Kinetics working with leading organizations to deliver innovative and reliable solutions for the electric bus market. Kinetics will continue to work with and support OEMs worldwide to deliver enhanced solutions to their customers”, said Gordon Osborn, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kinetics.
Efacec Electric Mobility, S.A. is a company of the Efacec Group (www.efacec.com) dedicated to the field of electric mobility. The team is a world leader in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and also works with bus manufacturers in delivering on board energy and drive systems and charging systems designed for each application.
Kinetics Drive Solutions is a multi-disciplinary engineering company providing intelligent drive systems and control solutions for mobile applications. Kinetics’ engineering team has produced custom drive solutions for world-class equipment manufacturers, defense contractors and component manufacturers. For more information please visit www.KineticsDrive.com.
Figure 1: Kinetics’ NexDrive™ EV3-850 + PowerPhase HD electric drive system