LONGMONT, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UQM Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: UQM) PowerPhase® systems provide the electric drive in the Audi A1 e-tron extended-range electric vehicles that will undergo additional testing in 2013 in the NPE (National Platform of Electrification) in Germany.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is promoting this program to demonstrate and further develop the viability of electric vehicles. Audi will participate in the regions of Bavaria/Saxony, Berlin-Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg, addressing different focal topics in each area.
“The key attributes of our electric motors and controllers offer the same advantages in extended-range electric vehicles as they do in electric-only applications,” said Eric R. Ridenour, President and Chief Executive Officer of UQM Technologies, Inc. “Our higher efficiency systems provide the potential for longer all-electric mode and an overall improved fuel economy in extended-range vehicles.”
Extended-range vehicles rely on the electric powertrain for propulsion and use an internal combustion engine (ICE) to charge the battery pack. For example, the Audi A1 e-tron extended-range all-electric test-fleet vehicles use UQM PowerPhase Select 125 systems to drive the wheels at all times. The ICE in the car is used to generate electricity to extend the range as needed. The maximum all-electric range of the A1 e-tron is 30 miles (50 km), while the maximum combined range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is 155 miles (250 km).
In addition to efficiently supplying power to drive extended-range and electric-only vehicles, energy is captured by the PowerPhase system through regenerative braking, returning electricity to the battery pack during deceleration and braking.
UQM offers a number of PowerPhase systems for full-electric and extended-range applications. These include the PowerPhase Select® system used in the A1 e-tron, plus the PowerPhase Pro® 100 and 135, along with the all-new PowerPhase HD® 220 introduced this year for commercial vehicle applications.
UQM Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, commercial truck, bus, marine and military markets. A major emphasis for UQM is developing propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. UQM is located in Longmont, Colorado. Please visit www.uqm.com for more information.
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