MotoCzysz and Remy to make new electric drive system

MotoCzysz LLC the Portland-based maker of super-fast electric motorcycles, announced this week that it will partner with an Indiana company to bring a new kind of electric drive system to market.

Indiana-based Remy International Inc. subsidiary Remy Electric Motors LLC will marry its patented High Voltage Hairpin electric motor technology with cooling and integration technology from MotoCzysz. The result is a compact electric drive that has the potential to add efficiency for all types of electric vehicles, including cars.

The partners are calling the new product the D1g1tal Dr1ve.

"I believe electric drives are the purest and best solution to propel the majority of automobiles around the world," said Michael Czysz, founder and CEO of Motoczysz, in a news release. "The D1g1tal Dr1ve was designed specifically with that vision in mind. Our partnership with Remy Electric Motors will allow us to deliver a modern, simpler, evolved replacement for the 100 year-old gas engine."

MotoCzyscz made waves in June when its motorcycle won a prestigious race for electric motorcycles on the Isle of Man. A Popular Science article out around that time speculated that MotoCzysz was looking to apply its technology beyond two-wheel vehicles.

The new drive unit is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2011.

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