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When CalMotors did the electric drivetrain integration engineering for the eRuf project last year, they used an electric motor from UQM. Becoming decidedly more serious about working in the electric and hybrid vehicle space, they now have their own self-branded components for automotive and marine applications to offer. The Camarillo, California company has teamed up with Parker Hannifin Corporation, a large motion and controls manufacturer, to produce a complete line of electric drivetrain systems for vehicles ranging from sub-compacts to heavy-duty trucks.

Besides the eRuf, the folks at CalMotors have also designed the hybrid powertrain for the "Urban Life Vehicle" by Persu Mobility (formerly Venture Vehicles) as well as other unique electric vehicles. We wish them lots of success and hope that if they decide to build a demonstrator, they take inspiration from that wide-body speedster replica design project they once explored. Press release after the break.


[Souce: CalMotors]

PRESS RELEASE:

CalMotors Announces Partnership with Parker Hannifin to Produce Automotive Powertrains for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CalMotors, makers of high performance hybrid and electric powertrains, today announced its strategic alliance with Parker Hannifin Corporation to produce fully integrated powertrain solutions for the automotive and marine industries.

Parker Hannifin Corporation has a long and highly respected history of producing superior products using the highest standards of quality and performance. Its motor and control solutions have led the industrial market for decades and have proven to be extremely reliable and cost effective. "For years, we have searched for a manufacturing partner that could adhere to our uncompromising standards for quality and performance" said Mike Kasaba, CEO of CalMotors, "and after two years of discussions with Parker, we believe that not only have we found a manufacturer with the best record of quality, but also an agile and forward-thinking company ready to move quickly as we lead the industry with our high performance hybrid and electric powertrain products."

"We have been looking for a clean technology automotive industry leader for some time" said Jim Hoelscher, General Manager of Parker SSD, "CalMotors clearly has the automotive experience that complements our strengths in motors, inverters, systems design and manufacturing. We are excited about the opportunities in hybrid and electric vehicles and are directing a sizeable commitment of resources toward our alliance with CalMotors."

About CalMotors:

CalMotors develops fully integrated hybrid and electric powertrains. CalMotors has designed, engineered, fabricated and tested several advanced technology vehicles for military, commercial, and consumer applications. For more information, please visit www.CalMotors.com.

About Parker Hannifin Corporation:

With annual sales exceeding US$12 billion in 2008, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 62,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 53 consecutive years, among the top five longest running dividend – increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.parker.com, or its investor information site at http://www.phstock.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the #1 car on my EV shortlist and from the looks of this un-biased article they have sourced a very reliable power train system. Then their CEO (or corporate employee) comes on and verifies the work they've done for them. Again that looks good.

      If the vehicle comes out I will have NO problem putting down the cash for one. If it doesn't come out then it's not meant to be.

      If Ian Bruce is this horrible person you speak of then he has some HUGE balls for surfacing publicly and even discussing this vehicle...and for that I give him credit. He's not hiding or avoiding discussion.

      At this early stage in the game you can't afford to count anyone out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      contact: you stupid twit, ian bruce is no longer with ventureone aka persu.
      this vehicle is vapor ware. it will never see the light of day. persu has killed
      the forum that supported them. venture lied to the forum on many occasions,
      and when the forum members complained about beening lied to the forum
      was shut down.

      Anyone who will give up their hard earned money for vaporware is a twit.

      nobody2you
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since Persu Mobility, or Venture Vehicles, or whatever they're calling themselves this year, have yet to show or even announce any running hybrid powertrain, I'll just take this whole post with a large grain of salt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ian Bruce. For the love of God, let me buy the first Persu you can. I've been drooling over one ever since I first saw it.

      Please email me @ "contact @ electricfrenzy .com" (without spaces) with any details you can share. I'm ready to put a deposit down and could even pay in full if I got to demo a production-similar vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric car tech exists, and I checked out their website and this seems like a really good company for this stuff, but the technology is heavily reliant on battery technology, which is no where near the level of the drive motors or controllers.

      Crossing my fingers on nano-silicon lithium batteries!
        • 5 Years Ago
        CalMotors is terrifically talented in all aspects of hybrid/electric vehicle drive systems -- I hired them to develop the first hybrid prototype for VentureOne (Persu), and have every confidence they'll be successful here. They're smart, resourceful, and simply great people to work with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can attest to the huge balls -- but that's kind of a medical issue, and not appropriate for discussion on a family website.

      To Nobody2You (if that's your real name): Persu hasn't taken a dime in the form of pre-orders at this time. In fact, I've written on more than one occasion that I wouldn't trust ANY vehicle company that asked for anything more than a nominal deposit -- and ONLY if that vehicle was currently in production.

      Creating an entirely new vehicle takes time. The airbag system alone added 9 to 12 months to the vehicle's development schedule... to say nothing of the challenges of engineering and assembling the other 11,999 parts to millimeter tolerances.

      Closing the forum at http://www.flytheroad.com was not my idea -- I strongly argued against it -- but was out-voted on this issue. The problem was balancing the openness we all wanted, with the realities of corporate liability and accountably.

      Yes, I have moved on to another transportation-related greentech project, but I retain my equity, as well as my strong desire in making the Persu a success. Creating this video was my last official role at Persu:

      http://www.rotavi.com/persu/Persu_final_LD.mov
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ian, Since you have left we haven't heard a peep out of Persu! You should drop by the club and say hi. At least we would have had some contact. Nobody is saying anything anymore and we all feel left out in the cold!
        • 4 Years Ago
        contact me please
        jeremyknott2008@gmail.com