The UK-based Saietta Group, a specialist in providing flexible eDrive solutions for light and heavy-duty vehicles, is showcasing a range of innovative eDrive technologies at the Cenex-LCV Expo in Millbrook, UK (September 7-8).
Saietta’s portfolio of turnkey eDrive technologies are designed for rapid integration into a wide range of light duty urban vehicles. The company, which has a tie-up with Padmini VNA, one of India’s premier Tier 1 automotive suppliers, is working with a range of customers to decarbonise light duty mobility with the aim of helping to clean up air in the world’s biggest cities.
On show at Cenex-LCV is Saietta’s range of Axial Flux Technology (AFT) eDrives that are ideally suited to lightweight two-, three- and four-wheel EVs such as motorbikes, microcars and last-mile delivery vehicles. Compact packaging helps maximise the space available for occupants and cargo, while offering high torque density from a low voltage system.
Scooters and motorbikes are the dominant form of transport in Asia’s cities and Saietta is displaying a range of eDrive solutions aimed at this sector. Along with a stripped-back motorbike incorporating an AFT motor and controller, Saietta has on display a range of IPM (internal permanent magnet) air-cooled motors.
Integral to Saietta’s status as a full-service eDrive solutions provider is its in-house power electronics capability, modular transmissions and bespoke e-axle architectures. These turnkey solutions enable vehicle manufacturers to accelerate the product development process and maximise their competitive advantage in the EVs they bring to market.
Saietta recently raised £23.6m in an oversubscribed investment round, which will facilitate the next phase in the company’s strategy roadmap, including full-scale product commercialisation and further collaborative activities.
The company is in the process of transforming the Sunderland production facility it acquired in April 2022 in preparation for pilot production to start in the first half of 2023. Alongside its LDE Division, Saietta’s Heavy Duty eDrives (HDE) Division focuses on truck and bus applications, while its Propel operation applies the company’s AFT solutions to the lightweight leisure marine sector.
Wicher Kist, CEO of Saietta, said: “As the world accelerates the mass adoption of passenger car EVs, we at Saietta are addressing other sectors which are major emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. In many parts of the world, particularly Asia, but also here in Europe, that includes light duty two-, three- and four-wheel lightweight vehicles. The turnkey solutions for those applications that we are displaying at Cenex-LCV can be tailored and integrated quickly and cost effectively by OEMs that need to respond to fast-approaching market pressures to electrify their product offerings.”
Saietta has engineered breakthrough electric motor technology including proprietary AFT (Axial Flux Technology) and RFT (Radial Flux Technology) which can be combined with in-house power electronics, powertrain controls, mechanical axles and transmissions. The designs are unique and modular, delivering both high and low voltage electric drive solutions. Saietta’s difference lies in its ability to conceive powertrain solutions tailored to deliver competitive advantage and its turnkey engineering services designed to fast-track electric vehicle manufacturers from concept to start of production.