Saietta Group, who specialise in high-tech advanced electric-mobility propulsion, are set to develop a next-generation zero-emissions inner-city transport solution in collaboration with Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV). EAV are a market leader in lightweight vehicle engineering and sustainable technologies.
The collaboration of the two Oxfordshire-based companies aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of e-mobility solutions within inner-city areas and congested town centres. In the process, they will reduce harmful pollutants and emissions.
The collaboration will centre on EAV’s Lightweight Inner-City Solution (LINCS) vehicle. This incorporates a modular lightweight skateboard-style platform intended to be an emissions-free alternative to the traditional transit van in urban environments.
By electrifying this type of commercial transportation, delivery operations in congested built-up areas will transform into zero-emission networks. Urban locations will also have a huge reduction in noise pollution.
EAV approached Saietta to be part of the LINCS architecture and prototype development because of the potential of the high-tech Axial Flux Technology (AFT) electric motors when applied as in-wheel traction applications.
Smart mobility platform manufacturers typically position electric motors outboard but not in-wheel. The circular ‘pancake’ shape of Saietta’s AFT motors is an ideal fit to achieve a fully in-wheel design.
The AFT 140 motors have been engineered to deliver the power and torque required at low voltage. This makes them a significantly safer solution than using high-voltage alternatives.
Earlier this year, Saietta demonstrated the potential of its AFT technology as an in-wheel motor application by developing its own smart mobility platform. Located at the four corners of a platform, the AFT in-wheel electric motors provide excellent manoeuvrability, flexibility, modularity and four-wheel drive capability.
The Saietta technology is also effective at regenerative braking. This puts energy back into the battery pack thereby extending the range on a single charge.
Saietta’s AFT in-wheel motors are an optimal fit for inner-city electric and autonomous vehicles. They offer platform developers a viable lightweight and cost-efficient path to sustainable electric propulsion.
Having successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market earlier this year, raising proceeds of £37.5 million with a market capitalisation of £102.1 million at the issue price, Saietta’s momentum continues to gather pace following the agreement with EAV.
Wicher Kist, Saietta CEO, said: “The growing collaboration with EAV on the development of its LINCS platform will help showcase how effective Saietta in-wheel motors can be for lightweight commercial vehicles and we hope could become a significant revenue opportunity in its own right.
“We have demonstrated that Saietta can reduce axial flux electric drivetrain cost without diminishing performance, which is essential if EVs are to become more accessible for mass-market consumers across a wider range of vehicle platforms from lightweight to commercial.”