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Author Topic: Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models  (Read 1292 times)

zap mc

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Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:15:05 AM »

I thought that the look of the new Zero 3 phase brushless motors was familiar and then I discovered that is because they are made by the same company that made the original motors for the Zero X who used to be called Mars and have recently changed their name to Motenergy. It seems Zero have partnered with Motenergy to produce a special motor much like the Zero X ones were. After Zero recieved a sunstantial grant to develop a drivetrain it is interesting to see that they opted to go outside the company for this technology rather than develop it in house.
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Re: Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 03:39:09 AM »

The claim is that they have extensively modified this motor's winding and cooling.

I haven't been following Zero's grant process closely, but were they awarded the grant for the motor or for the entire powertrain?
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Re: Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 04:38:13 AM »

My recollection is that they received a government grant to build their production factory in Scotts Valley a couple of years ago. I had not heard any reports about Zero receiving a government grant to develop their new motor, or any specific parts. Which, of course, doesn't mean that they didn't receive more than one grant.
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Re: Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 07:19:22 AM »

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Re: Zero use " Mars " motors on the new 2012 models
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 01:48:32 AM »

Interestingly KTM partnered with Perm for their Freeride which may explain why Zero went with different manufacturer.
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