Austin-based KLD Energy Technologies, Inc., developers of the patented Neue electric motor system technology (earlier post), has named Rob Ferber, former science director at Tesla Motors Inc., as its chief technology officer. With Ferber’s addition, KLD Energy Technologies is opening an office in San Jose, California.
Ferber has 20 years of experience as a scientist developing battery systems for AC Propulsion Inc. and Tesla Motors. While at Tesla Motors, Ferber was responsible for the company’s early development of lithium battery packs.
KLD Energy Technologies announced in June that its Neue high-performance, transmissionless electric motor system will be made available in the United States through a new electric scooter. The E165 scooter reaches speeds of up to 65 miles per hour and possesses a range of more than 100 miles on a standard lithium battery.
Made from an innovative nano-crystalline composite material to conduct energy more efficiently than traditional iron-core motors, the Neue motor has a high-frequency to low RPM ratio. Earlier this year, KLD Energy Technologies announced a deal with Sufat, the leading Vietnamese scooter manufacturer, to produce its high-performance motor for a new line of scooters.