Yasa Motors of Oxford, UK, has just been named the UK’s Best Enterprise in the Lloyds TSB/Telegraph Enterprise Awards and received a prize of £50,000. As vehicle manufacturers battle to come up with the ultimate environmentally friendly electric cars of the future, YASA Motors has entered the fray with a motor that is lighter, smaller and, ultimately, cheaper to produce than its rivals.
The YASA (Yokeless and Segmented Armature) motor combines a revolutionary redesign of the magnetics in an electric motor, a clever cooling system and mechanical packaging. This results in a motor, YASA says, that is up to 60% smaller and, at around 10kg, four times lighter than the 2010 Toyota Prius motor with a 30% greater power output.
The electric motor uses Somaloy® iron powders to produce the soft magnetic motor components.
“We’re looking at installing these high-performance electric motors in the new generation of electric and hybrid vehicles that will come on to the market in 2016/2017 as the design cycle for a new vehicle is four to five years,” says Tim Woolmer, YASA’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, who invented the motor for his DPhil project at Oxford University.
“The prize money will go towards new lab equipment and an upgraded test facility – something we couldn’t have contemplated for at least another year,” added Woolmer.