Mission electric motor and controller. The San Francisco-based company will develop electric powertrain components for the broader vehicle market, including possibly the automotive realm.
Mission Motors, maker of the Mission One electric motorcycle, has announced the creation of Mission Electric Vehicle Technology (MissionEVT) – the company’s electric vehicle powertrain division. Mission revealed its new project November 2nd at the 2010 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show) in Las Vegas.
The new division signals a change of course for the San Francisco-based company (the name comes from the firm’s Mission Street offices). Having developed its Mission One PLE electric motorcycle, which boasted 150 mph top speeds on its debut (later backed up by a 150.059-mph run at Bonneville), Mission will take what it’s learned and apply it across a wider swatch of the vehicle market – including the automotive world.
“Mission Motors has made tremendous strides in innovating electric powertrain technology,” said Mission Motors CEO Jit Bhattacharya in a press release announcing the new EVT division. “With MissionEVT, our company will be able to expand into new markets, bringing the advances we have made in EV technology to multiple vehicle platforms and manufacturers. This creates a tremendous high-volume opportunity for Mission’s powertrain technology, while solving a critical need for vehicle manufacturers trying to keep pace with the rapid electrification of vehicles.”
MissionEVT will evolve the battery, motor control and management software technology from the Mission One. The company plans to expand its reach beyond electric-only designs as well, with hybrid powertrain systems in development.
“Modularity is key to the MissionEVT solution,” says Bhattacharya. “It gives us the flexibility to improve the performance of a wide range of vehicle applications. MissionEVT can configure our powertrain technology to work for applications ranging from powersports to automotive, and from battery electric to gasoline hybrid.”
Future announcements of development partnerships are expected, with Chinese manufacturer Zongshen linked to Mission earlier this year.