UQM Technologies and Altair Nanotechnologies have formed a strategic alliance to pursue opportunities for their complementary electric drive and battery technologies in advanced transportation and other high potential markets.
The alliance pairs UQM’s electric motor, power generator and power electronic products with Altairnano’s NanoSafe lithium-ion battery packs. The two companies are currently collaborating on the development and commercial launch of an all-electric sport utility truck (SUT) for Phoenix Motorcars, Inc., which is being integrated and tested by Boshart Engineering.
Both companies expect that the transportation market will experience rapid technological change resulting in further electrification of vehicles. By collaborating on product development opportunities, both companies can potentially accelerate the commercialization of their proprietary technologies as well as develop optimized solutions that require motive power, on-board energy storage and power generation.
The Phoenix all-electric SUT is powered by a 100 kW UQM electric propulsion system which produces over 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque, accelerates the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds, has a top speed of 100 miles per hour and operates at peak system efficiencies of over 94%.
The vehicle’s 35kWh NanoSafe battery pack can be recharged in less than 10 minutes with an appropriate rapid charging station and in a typical fleet duty cycle the vehicle can travel up to 135 miles between charges. The SUT is expected to qualify as a Type III ZEV in California.
UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of power dense, high efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, medical, military and industrial markets. A major emphasis of the Company is developing products for the alternative energy technologies sector including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries and distributed power generation applications.
Altairnano is an innovator and supplier of advanced novel, ceramic nanomaterials. The company has developed nanomaterials for the alternative energy, life sciences and performance materials markets based on its proprietary manufacturing process. This process also provides the foundation for its innovative AHP pigment process.