BorgWarner (BWA) And UQM (UQM) To Collaborate

BorgWarner and UQM just announced that they will combine their powers to develop electric powertrain products for HEVs and EVs. They intend to start out their partnership by working on a mashup of  UQM Technologies’ PowerPhase® electric propulsion system and BorgWarner’s 31-03 eGearDrive™ transmission for the Coda electric car.  The Coda is expected to be out in California next year.

This combo should provide the Coda with 2,000 Nm (1,500 ft-lbs) of torque with a gear ratio of approximately 6.5 to 1.

In a press release, executives for both companies commented on the partnership:

“Collaborating with suppliers such as UQM Technologies will allow us to broaden the reach of our high efficiency, purpose-built electric drive transmissions, accelerating vehicle integration for fast-to-market implementation,” said John Sanderson, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems. “We believe the pairing of our high efficiency transmission with UQM Technologies’ high performance electric propulsion systems present an extraordinary performance and value proposition to vehicle makers.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with BorgWarner, a world leader in powertrain technologies, to offer vehicle makers a turn-key electric powertrain that delivers exceptional vehicle performance at high operating efficiencies,” said William G. Rankin, UQM Technologies’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “BorgWarner’s global presence will bring a higher level of visibility to our electric propulsion system products.”

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