Saietta announces tech collaboration project focusing on inner-city mobility solutions with Electric Assisted Vehicles
- Electric mobility pioneer Saietta to become exclusive supplier of advanced in-wheel traction motors to Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV)
- First application of Saietta’s technology for EAV will be the company’s breakthrough Lightweight Inner-City Solution (LINCS) vehicle
- Lightweight, compact, highly efficient and delivering high torque density at low-voltage, Saietta’s Axial Flux Technology (AFT) electric motors are the ideal fit for in-wheel designs and applications
- The AFT 140 electric motor has been designed to be a mass-producible and cost-effective solution for in-wheel architectures
- Saietta has already demonstrated the potential of its AFT in-wheel motor capability by developing a smart mobility tech demonstrator platform
- The partnership with EAV further underscores Saietta’s belief that in-wheel motor technology is the ideal fit for last mile e-commerce delivery vehicles, refuse collection and autonomous people carriers
Oxfordshire, UK, 27 September 2021 – Saietta Group plc (Saietta), specialists in high-tech advanced e-mobility propulsion, is to help develop a next-generation zero-emissions inner-city transport solution in collaboration with Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV), a market leader in lightweight vehicle engineering and sustainable technologies.
The Saietta and EAV collaboration aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of e-mobility solutions within inner city areas and congested town centres, in the process reducing harmful pollutants and emissions.
The collaboration will first centre on EAV’s Lightweight Inner-City Solution (LINCS) vehicle, which incorporates a modular lightweight skateboard-style platform intended to be an emissions free alternative to the traditional transit van in urban environments.
By electrifying this type of important commercial transportation first, delivery operations in congested, built-up areas will transform into zero-emission networks that also realize a huge reduction in noise pollution.
True in-wheel benefits
EAV approached Saietta to be part of the LINCS architecture and prototype development phase having seen the clear potential of the high-tech Axial Flux Technology (AFT) electric motors when applied as in-wheel traction applications.
Smart mobility platform manufacturers typically position electric motors outboard but not in-wheel. However, the circular ‘pancake’ shape of Saietta’s AFT motors is an ideal fit to achieve a fully in-wheel design. The AFT 140 motors have been engineered to deliver the power and torque required at low-voltage, making them a significantly safer solution than using high-voltage alternatives.
Earlier this year, Saietta demonstrated the potential of its AFT technology as an in-wheel motor application by developing its own smart mobility platform. Located at the four corners of a platform, the AFT in-wheel electric motors provide excellent manoeuvrability, flexibility, modularity and four-wheel drive capability. The Saietta technology is also effective at regenerative braking, which puts energy back into the battery pack, thereby extending the range on a single charge.
Saietta believes that AFT in-wheel motors are an optimal fit for inner city electric and autonomous vehicles and offer platform developers a viable lightweight and cost-efficient path to sustainable electric propulsion.
Having successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market earlier this year, raising proceeds of £37.5 million with a market capitalisation of £102.1 million at the issue price, Saietta’s momentum continues to gather pace following the agreement with EAV.
“The rapid progress since we revealed our range of AFT motors late last year has been maintained with commercial, product and R&D progress continuing on all fronts,” said Wicher Kist, Chief Executive Officer at Saietta. “The high level of industry interest in our AFT technology since IPO has been remarkable, and we are therefore deliberately being careful and targeted as we select our initial customers and partners.
“The growing collaboration with EAV on the development of its LINCS platform will help showcase how effective Saietta in-wheel motors can be for lightweight commercial vehicles and we hope could become a significant revenue opportunity in its own right.
“We have demonstrated that Saietta can reduce axial flux electric drivetrain cost without diminishing performance, which is essential if EVs are to become more accessible for mass market consumers across a wider range of vehicle platforms from lightweight to commercial.”
About Saietta Group
Saietta Group plc (Saietta) is an established engineering company based in Oxfordshire, England. It specialises in propulsion motors for a broad range of electric vehicles (EVs) and has engineered breakthrough axial-flux motor tech. It’s branded AFT (Axial Flux Technology) and is modular in design, meaning high and low voltage e-motor solutions can be provided from scooters to buses. Saietta provides end-to-end turnkey engineering services to OEMs from market research and product definition, CAE and simulation, e-motor electrical and mechanical integration, prototype build and vehicle testing on 20 miles of private test tracks. Once motor specifications are agreed for client applications, Saietta can take them into low volume manufacture and define the high-volume production processes for clients to replicate and manufacture under license. The AFT 140 is the first motor variant in production which is optimised for mid-power motorbikes and last mile delivery vehicles. The unique AFT design provides class-leading performance with high torque density at low voltage and is particularly efficient on urban duty cycles. AFT has been rigorously designed for high automation in volume production meaning AFT cost effectively delivers class-leading performance for the L-Category target market.
Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited – or “EAV” – was incorporated in 2018 having commenced developing a unique four-wheel eCargo bicycle concept almost two years before as part of a ‘Future Transport Vision’ based on light weight, environmental focus, sustainability and simple efficiency.
We can all see where pollution has become a huge and worrying problem and, as a group of ex-F1 and aerospace engineers, EAV’s founders had looked at transport in detail and seen what was really needed to reduce emissions as well as what was simply inefficient. So, EAV was formed to design and build lightweight, zero emissions vehicles including eCargo and personal transport vehicles to be manufactured in the UK.
EAV wanted to develop and manufacture vehicles that would become the cultural norm quite quickly. Vehicles that were highly practical, easy to use but still had all the things you need to do the job – whether it’s parcel deliveries or being a paramedic, electrician or policeman. Adaptability and modularity were the two starting points for intelligent and innovatively considered design and engineering solutions.
EAV is now producing unique vehicles which include their own patented engineering and software applications. The company has linked up with some key strategic and technical partners and is producing zero emissions vehicle that’s kind to the environment in as many ways as possible and with true eco-credentials but, at the same time, it does the job more efficiently than any legacy engineered van. From biodegradable composite bodywork to a simple-to-recycle mild steel or aluminium chassis and major componentry. EAV has been considered as a safe and future-proof solution to urban, inter-urban and even rural zero emissions transport.
EAV are based at Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire. Further details are at: www.eav.solutions
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