Blog from the 2011 SAE International Batteries and E-Motors Summit
SHANGHAI, CHINA, Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, 2011—A preview of Parker Hannifin’s global EV product plan was here for all to see at SAE International’s 2011 Shanghai technology summit on Tuesday, one day before the event’s focus shifted from battery technology to electric motors.
The big prototype traction motor was the centerpiece of Parker Hannifin’s display booth, manned by Product Manager Jay Schultz and his colleague Eddie Kim, in charge of e-motor business for the Asia-Pacific region.
“This is our MPT, a purpose-designed traction motor for EVs,” Schultz told AEI. “Its production launch is due in a few months.”
The MPT is part of an all-new family of permanent-magnet-type (PM) traction motors aimed at a wide range of electrified-vehicle applications, Schultz and Kim explained. It will be available in nine models offering peak torque ratings from 180 to 2800 N·m (133 to 2065 lb·ft).
“The magnetics, cooling, and other design features are scaled to a variety of power requirements, with commercial vehicles the main focus,” Schultz said.
Parker Hannifin entered the PM motor space (for industrial applications) in the early 1990s and produced its first traction motor for commercial vehicles about eight years ago. It also launched a hydrostatic drive system for vocational trucks called RunWise (first used by Autocar) and even joined the electric-motorcycle-racing wars with an MPP-series motor powering Brammo’s Empulse race bike in the recent TTXGP series.
Showing the new MPT motor at the weeklong SAE Vehicle Battery Summit and Powertrain Electric Motors Symposium (where the company also is participating in a panel discussion) is part of Parker Hannifin’s strategy to grow its business in Asia.
“We have a presence here on the industrial automation side, and now we’re in the planning stages of building our on-vehicle motors business,” Schultz explained. “We’re focusing on electrified commercial vehicles in general; passenger vehicles are not our business model except for niche and specialty applications.”
Parker Hannifin’s expanded manufacturing and product-development presence in China includes a new facility under development in the town of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, near Shanghai. Schultz said the company’s vision is to manufacture electric vehicle components in Asia.