ZAP signed an exclusive agreement this week for an advanced wheel motor technology from PML FlightLink Limited of Hampshire, United Kingdom. ZAP secured the PML wheel motor technology to play a key role in the development of next generation electric vehicles being developed with Lotus Engineering. (Earlier post.)
PML is a co-developer of the in-wheel, plug-in series hybrid conversion of a MINI—the MINI QED—shown last year at the British Motor Show. (Earlier post.)
ZAP has undertaken a feasibility study with Lotus Engineering to explore the development of next generation electric vehicles that incorporate the latest advances in technology. The two companies met last week at ZAP’s headquarters in Santa Rosa for discussions with potential suppliers and distributors. In exchange for exclusive rights, ZAP has agreed to an initial order of approximately $10 million in PML wheel motors, subject to terms and conditions agreed on by both parties.
PML’s Hi-Pa Drive—the wheel motor used in the MINI QED—packages an integrated motor and drive electronics in one unit. Three power levels are available, ranging from 40 kW to 120 kW, with torque from 350 Nm to 750 Nm.
|Hi-Pa In-Wheel Motors|
|Torque||350 Nm||500 Nm||750 Nm|
|Speed||2,000 rpm||2,000 rpm||2,000 rpm|
|Power||40 kW||80 kW||120 kW|
|Weight||18 kg||21 kg||25 kg|