Raser Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: RZ), a technology licensing company will announce a new 100-kilowatt AC induction based electric motor design called the Symetron(TM) P-100 in a press conference a the 22nd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS-22) held October 23-28, 2006 in Yokohama, Japan. The Symetron(TM) P-100 is one in a series of high-horsepower motor designs Raser is developing to meet the demand for more onboard electric horsepower required by the next generation of strong hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.
The electric motors used in today's mild hybrid vehicles typically deliver 15-20 kilowatts of power utilizing permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) that require expensive rare-earth magnets to operate. Permanent magnet motors generally become even more expensive as the motors get larger.
Raser's AC induction based technology achieves its high performance through advancements in motor control software and motor design, without requiring the use of permanent magnets.
The company claims the following benefits for its motors:
- PM Motor Performance from an Economical AC induction Motor
- Does Not Require PM Material
- High Torque at Low Speed
- Can Operate Efficiently at High RPM
- Lower Cost than PM Technology
- Scalable to Very Large Large Motor Size
- More Robust—Rugged, Durable, Reliable
Raser intends to license its portfolio of electric motor and power generation technologies for a wide variety of applications in the transportation, industrial and power generation markets