• Jul 27th 2009 at 1:53PM
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KLD Technologies' goal of getting solid performing electric vehicles on the road has taken a giant step closer to fruition with the signing on of Rob Ferber as its chief technical officer (CTO). The former Tesla Motors science director was responsible for developing the battery packs that power that company's Roadster and his 20 years of experience in the industry also includes time with AC Propulsion. In his new post, we imagine he will put his energy-storage expertise to good use, matching the innovative (high frequency, low RPM, nano-riffic) Neue™ motor with a battery system that will enable it to reach the 100-mile (at 25 mph) range benchmark. KLD will have two versions of its initial electric scooter with the top model capable of reaching 65 mph and a base selling price of $3,888. This includes a 2.15 kWh lithium battery that will get you half the maximum range. The 100-mile battery option is $1,000 extra.

How does Mr.Ferber feel about making the move and working with this new technology? Excited:
KLD's Neue™ motor system is a highly disruptive technology poised to transform electric vehicle design and performance. I'm excited to be a part of this dynamic company.
The Austin-based company recently raised $1million in its Series A-1 round of financing. That cash was meant to fund the hiring of developers, so it seems as though it's getting put to good use. Even earlier in the year, KLD Technolgies announced a deal with Vietnamese scooter maker Sufat to help build the bikes. Future product for the company is said to include a snazzy-looking motorcycle as well as not-so-snazzy three wheelers. Launch of the first scooters in America is slated for Q3 of 2010. Press release after the break.

[Source: KLD Technologies]

PRESS RELEASE:

Tesla Motors Scientist Joins KLD Energy Technologies

Company to Open San Jose Office

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Austin, Texas-based KLD Energy Technologies, Inc., developers of the patented Neue™ drive simple™ high-performance electric motor system technology, has named Rob Ferber, former science director at San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors Inc., as its chief technology officer. With Ferber's addition, KLD Energy Technologies will open an office in San Jose, Calif.

"Rob is an important addition to our executive team. He is a true innovator in the electric vehicle industry," said Christian Okonsky, founder and CEO of KLD Energy Technologies. "We are at an important turning point for our company and his expertise and experience will no doubt further energize us."

Ferber has 20 years of experience as a scientist developing battery systems for AC Propulsion Inc. and Tesla Motors. While at Tesla Motors, Ferber was responsible for the company's early development of lithium battery packs.

"KLD's Neue™ motor system is a highly disruptive technology poised to transform electric vehicle design and performance," said Ferber. "I'm excited to be a part of this dynamic company."

With the addition of Ferber, KLD Energy Technologies will open a new office in San Jose. The company currently has research and development activities underway in Austin, Texas and Gilroy, Calif.

KLD Energy Technologies announced in June that its Neue™ high-performance, transmissionless electric motor system will be made available in the United States through a new, sleek electric scooter. The E165 scooter reaches speeds of up to 65 miles per hour and possesses a range of over 100 miles on a standard lithium battery. Made from an innovative nano-crystalline composite material to conduct energy more efficiently than traditional iron-core motors, the Neue™ motor has a high-frequency to low RPM ratio. The Neue™ enables two- and three-wheeled vehicles to attain speeds and performance levels comparable to gas-powered vehicles. Base price for the scooter is $3,288.00.

Earlier this year, KLD Energy Technologies announced a deal with Sufat, the leading Vietnamese scooter manufacturer, to produce its high-performance motor for a new line of scooters.

About KLD Energy Technologies, Inc.

Austin, Texas-based KLD Energy Technologies designs and licenses a patented, high-performance electric motor system technology. The company's cornerstone technology is a high-frequency, low RPM, transmissionless motor system that increases the speed and efficiency of electric vehicles.

KLD Energy Technologies' mission is to transform transportation and decrease pollution through high-performance electric motor systems. The company's technology represents a paradigm shift in motor design, enabling the production of highly efficient, environmentally friendly two- and three-wheeled vehicles.

For more information, visit www.KLDEnergy.com.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of the comments here are pretty unrealistic.
      This is for running around locally - it is not a hog for cruising the interstate.
      You need a lot more power to runaround at 70mph than at 25mph, so in the present state of the technology you can't do the former at any reasonable price or weight of battery.
      Wanting is not having, so if the present technology is not good enough, then there is nothing to be done.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed -- this is just an around-town scooter. It's not meant for cruising on the interstate with motorhomes and semis! As for 25 mph -- that would be an average speed in a congested city such as NYC or London.
        • 6 Years Ago
        22 times more power to sustain 70mph instead of 25mph. Power requirements goes cubic with velocity. You can not see that effects clearly with gasoline vehicles because they waste so much energy even at lower speeds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What if you are over 6'?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best specs on a consumer electric bike yet. And a great price. Very competitive with Vespa.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The picture is obviously photoshopped, which makes me question whether they will actually be able to deliver on the specs and price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope next time they take the time to at least photoshop some suspension on that front fork!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      OH! So close... 65 mph? Why not bump that up five more? I am of the opinion that all motor vehicles sold for the purpose of commuting should be able to hold a steady 70 mph. People need to be able to get on the interstate, plain and simple. What's more, I think an EV's range should be advertised as the lower of two tests using the two EPA testing cycles. That way they can be compared to other vehicles! How far can this thing go on the highway? And who drives at an average speed of 25 mph anyway????

      They have some potential, but wake me up when it can go 100 miles at highway speed. At least the price sounds competitive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A lot of freeways in urban areas have a speed limit of 55-65 mph. If you want to commute in from some rural area then I wonder why you're interested in an electric scooter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think a tool has to cover 95% of use cases to be useful. I have a 5 mile commute. The E-140 would be perfect for those days when I can't ride my bicycle in. It would also be great for short errands - a small trailer would make it perfect for grocery shopping. Frankly, I wouldn't want to take a scooter onto the Interstate - 40 mph is plenty fast with no crumple zones, belts or airbags.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lots of people ride scooters on the freeway; the Honda Silverwing and Piaggio Mp3 cruise at 80 mph just fine (although they are more expensive). While I will concede that not all scooters are intended for the freeway, a top speed of 65 seems like a lot for the ones that are in that category. Why would you give it a top speed that is 93% of freeway if it is only intended for urban streets? It's just close enough to be dangerous.

        Also, I just really want an electric bike (scooter or motorcycle style) that 90% of bikers could trade their gassers in for. There are several that have come very close (like this one) but are not quite there. It's irritating; is 70-80 mph for 50-100 miles too much to ask for under $11k?