25 Jul 2024

AUTOMATION FOR MANUFACTURING

UK axial-flux motor developer signs deal with global OEM

Yasa claims that its axial-flux motors set new benchmarks for power and torque densities

Yasa, the British developer and manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers, has signed a long-term innovation agreement with an unnamed global automotive OEM. The partnership will focus on developing custom electric motor and controller systems for high-performance hybrid and pure electric vehicles.

Under the agreement, the companies will work together to use Yasa’s axial-flux technology to improve vehicle performance, while reducing vehicle weight. Yasa claims that its axial-flux motors and controls offer “best-in-class” power and torque densities.

“This agreement brings together one of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers with Yasa, the world’s leading supplier of axial-flux electric motors and controllers,” says Yasa CEO, Chris Harris. “Our companies both share the same passion for innovation and the same unwavering commitment to excellence. Through this long-term collaboration, we are developing custom electric motor and controller solutions that will power unsurpassed driving experiences and set the bar for high-performance hybrid and pure electric vehicles.”

Last year, Yasa opened a production facility in Oxford, UK, with the capacity to produce 100,000 motors a year. In addition to working on automotive applications, Yasa is also addressing the emerging electric aerospace market. Last month, it announced it was partnering with Rolls-Royce to provide motors for the world’s fastest electric airplane, which due to take off in 2020.