Raser Technologies, Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tecstar, LP and Wheel to Wheel, LLC, outlining their intent to work together with Raser to manufacture plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) for utility, government, and other fleets.
Raser plans to have Tecstar convert popular SUV and light truck vehicles to plug-in series hybrid vehicles with 40-mile all electric range using Raser’s proprietary Symetron electric powertrain technology and integrated series hybrid drive system to fulfill soft orders by utility, government and other fleets.
Tecstar is a leading second-stage manufacturers and has been working with automakers to modify production line vehicles under warranty for OEM sales. Wheel to Wheel, LLC is a sister company to Tecstar and provides engineering development and prototyping support.
Tecstar has the capacity to build up to 60,000 vehicles per year at its four production plants located in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana and Ontario. Raser recently signed agreements with a leading global automobile manufacturer and a leading automotive engineering system integration partner, FEV, to develop a plug-in series hybrid SUV using Raser’s. Raser and FEV plan to demonstrate this vehicle later this year. (Earlier post.)
In addition, Raser recently signed an agreement to sell plug-in series hybrid SUVs to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for fleet demonstration and validation. After successful demonstration and testing with PG&E, Raser plans to sell PHEV vehicles to other fleets. (Earlier post.)
In addition to being able to drive 40 miles in all-electric mode under battery power, fleet versions of this extended range electric vehicle are expected to also offer up to 100 kW of mobile power from the built-in generator.
We anticipate that this second stage manufacturing program will become a large part of our Transportation and Industrial business segment in the coming years as we seek to fulfill the large demand for PHEV electric powertrains (expressed by fleet soft orders across the country).—Patrick Schwartz, President of Raser Technologies.
Symetron is an umbrella label for several Raser innovations in motors and controllers that increase power, torque and efficiency. The Symetron technology, which can be applied in a range of packages, AC or DC, can deliver the high torque of a permanent magnet motor without the use of permanent magnets—in essence, enabling the production of smaller, more powerful and less expensive motors. (Earlier post.)
Both Wheel to Wheel and Tecstar were acquired by WB Automotive Holdings, Inc. in January 2008 from Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.