Yamaha has teamed up with Gordon Murray and Zytek to deliver a concept electric vehicle with a difference.
Gordon Murray Design, the British organization with it’s T.25 & T.27 vehicle concepts, has teamed up with Yamaha Motor Company to create something quite different : The Motiv.e city car, which makes use of iStream in order to tick a lot of urban mobility needs, says its makers.
Much of Motiv.e’s electric drive has been developed by Zytek, which for this project employed a range of new design approaches to minimize the cost, weight and size of the powertrain, while maximizing important aspects such as performance and range. “Yamaha wanted the vehicle to reflect the company’s reputation fDesign, a British Organization, with it’s T.25 and T.27 vehicle concepts, has teamed up with Yamaha Motor Company to create something quite different : The Motiv.e city car, which makes use of iStream or outstanding engines, “explains Neil Cheeseman, Zytek’s engineering program manager, when asked about the project. “Integrating this into an electric vehicle has driven excellence in performance and driveability, as well as in weight reduction and efficiency, building on the potential of iStream to deliver an agile drivers’ car, as well as maximizing the range.”
The Zytek e-motor, which has been designed to rev to 25,000rpm, is paired with a single speed reduction gearbox from Vocis, while a new-generation electric vehicle control module provides the interface between the powertrain and the rest of the vehicle. Motiv.e’s low-cost power electronics are manufactured in high volumes by Zytek’s partner and now owner, Continental.
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Source : Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International.