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Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle to be contract manufacturer for KLD Energy Technologies

Texas-based KLD Energy Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced electric propulsion and generation systems (earlier post), announced that Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co., Ltd. (Qianjiang) will serve as a contract manufacturer for the company and intends to leverage KLD Energy Technologies’ electric motor systems.

With an advanced electric vehicle division, Qianjiang is one of the largest two-wheeled vehicle manufacturers in China, with annual output of more than one million units. As part of its continuing development of core electric vehicle technologies, Qianjiang also recently announced that it plans to jointly develop lithium-ion phosphate batteries with Henderson, Nevada-based K2 Energy Solutions, a manufacturer and seller of rechargeable battery systems.

Qianjiang produces and markets motorcycles, e-bikes and scooters, as well as a range of other vehicles and equipment. Owner of the Italian motorcycle company Benelli, Qianjiang exports products throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

KLD says that its motor system uses a nano-crystalline composite material to conduct energy more efficiently than traditional, iron-core motors. The high-frequency to low RPM ratio eliminates the need for a transmission, according to the company.

KLD Energy Technologies’ initial application of its technology is in the two-wheel electric vehicle market. The company is also working in diversified industrial channel markets that can benefit from efficient, high-torque motors, including wind energy generation equipment, forklifts, elevators, escalators, air conditioners, pumps, and three- and four-wheel electric vehicles.

Comments

HarveyD

In principle, nano-crystalline composite materials could lead to much smaller, lighter, e-motors and generators and much lighter electrified vehicles. If drive train weight efficiency i.e. power per Kg is increased, HEVs, PHEVs and specially BEVs would weight much less and be more efficient, i.e less Kwh per Km. The same can be said about total vehicle weight when nano-crystalline composites are used for car body and ancillaries.

It is too bad that this future technology cannot be economically mass produced locally. It will become a world wide best seller and Asia will ounce more benefit the most.

mahonj

E bikes, scooters and motorbikes make excellent urban commuting vehicles as they use no gas and can move through traffic more easily than 4 wheeled vehicles.

Obviously they are more dangerous then 4 wheelers, and confer no fitness benefits compared to push bikes, but they are still a very neat way to get around.

E bikes and scooters are probably better suited to battery power as they are designed for commuting rather than the "open road" / long range aspects of motorcycling.

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