24 Jun '12, 11pm

"Green Cars" Electric car retrofit company receives huge cash boost

"Green Cars" Electric car retrofit company receives huge cash boost

Silicon Valley electric car retrofit company Wrightspeed has received a massive cash boost from the California Energy Commission (CEC) – to the sum of $5.789million. Part of the CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Programme, the cash is meant to boost Wrightspeed’s push into the medium-duty commercial fleet market. Wrightspeed is currently working on electric powertrain technology for both the medium-duty commercial sector, and for ultra-performance super cars. Its retrofit system includes: a range extending generator with a route system; and geared traction drive, which incorporates an electric motor alongside an inverter and a two-speed gearbox with two per drive axle to provide direct traction control at the drive wheels. The geared traction drive also makes use of clutchless gear shifting – whereas traditional multi-speed transmissions use clutc...

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