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Accelerated Systems Inc. and Navitas Vehicle Systems Inc

Post by Lock » Feb 07, 2011 1:16 am

Nice bit of EV business history here:
http://www.wonderfulwaterloo.com/showth ... #post20023

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Last year, in a strange twist of fate, Accelerated acquired a company that Lankin started way back in 1989, shortly after he graduated with his masters in physics from the University of Waterloo.

Originally called SRE Controls, the company made electric motor controls for forklifts and other utility vehicles. Lankin left in 1993 to start Agile, but SRE carried on through a bankruptcy and new owners who renamed it Navitas.

Navitas started using Pan’s company as a main supplier, but when it couldn’t pay the bills, Accelerated took over to protect its receivables, Lankin says.
A lawn tractor it has developed runs as quietly as an electric golf cart and caught the attention of Home Hardware, which plans to start selling it in stores across the country next spring.

A model sits in the Accelerated lobby. It features motors in each wheel, batteries front and back and four controllers to manage the power delivered to each motor. Special turning functions allow the tractor to maneuver in tight corners.

The tractor will be sold under the label, TriVector Systems, a subsidiary created by Accelerated to market the product. It’s the only turnkey item sold by Accelerated. Otherwise, the company makes motor controllers, drive trains and electronic components for a wide range of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles in non-automotive markets.

Ninety-per cent of customers are in North America and include area companies such as Linamar, Miovision, NDI and RDM.

At the moment, Accelerated is working on a contract to supply motor controllers and display gauges for a $4,000 recumbent bike sold by a startup in Memphis, Tenn.
Ten years ago, 90 per cent of the golf carts in North America were powered by gas, says Accelerated’s general manager Peter McDonald. Today, 90 per cent are battery-powered and the golf cart industry is the largest electric vehicle industry by volume on the continent, he says.
Accelerated Systems here:
http://www.accelerated-systems.com/

and Navitas:
http://www.navitastechnologies.com/Navitas/

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Re: Accelerated Systems Inc. and Navitas Vehicle Systems Inc

Post by Lock » Feb 07, 2011 1:26 am

At the moment, Accelerated is working on a contract to supply motor controllers and display gauges for a $4,000 recumbent bike sold by a startup in Memphis, Tenn.
BTW, I'm gonna guess that this is work for RunAbout Cycles, formerly in Memphis, now moved to Fort Collins, Colorado:
http://www.electric-cycle.com/

Interesting to see this US ebike company developing their own controller rather than buying off the shelf made in China...

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Post by LockH » Oct 29, 2016 6:47 am

http://accelerated-systems.com/2016/10/ ... aboration/
World-class next generation motor technology that makes electric vehicles quieter, more powerful, and more environmentally sustainable earns award for Waterloo-based firm Accelerated Systems Inc. (ASi) and research partners at McMaster University.

ASi gratefully accepts the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)’s Mind to Market Award in honour of Robert Lankin, founder and CEO of ASi, who tragically passed away early this month. Rob was responsible for initially arranging the motor technology collaboration with McMaster, and supported the active engagements between ASi and the University.

ASi’s innovative axial-flux switched reluctance motor (AFSRM) technology differentiates itself from the more traditional brushless DC motors because it does not contain rare-earth metals, a finite resource, making the technology significantly more environmentally friendly. In addition, AFSRM technology has a higher available torque density and provides a smoother and quieter experience through its design and controls than any other switched reluctance motor currently available.

The collaboration between ASi and McMaster involves a number of stakeholders and contributors communicating on a continuous basis. ASi manages the project, delivering hardware and apparatus design guidance, as well as producing prototypes for testing. McMaster provides continuous research progress, including invaluable insights into machine simulations, motor modeling, and control systems. McMaster has written two publications based on their research, one of which has already been accepted for publication.

“Our collaboration has combined ASi’s expertise in motor design and manufacturing with McMaster’s advanced knowledge, enabling us to study a wide range of performance criteria, generate new design concepts, and develop better motor technology,” said Tim Lambert, motor design engineer and project team lead at ASi. “The team at McMaster has worked diligently to provide us with insight into the cutting edge of motor development, and in turn we have provided them with a window into the reality of developing products for the existing and future electric vehicle market.”

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Erik Lankin (center) accepting the Award from Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE (left), alongside Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science (right) [Photo credit to Lucia Graca Remedios].

The Mind to Market Award recognizes OCE-supported research collaborations between the business and academic communities that result in commercialized ideas and solutions. Recipients of the award illustrate the success achievable through these collaborations. Erik Lankin, Robert Lankin’s son, accepted the award presented by Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of the OCE, at the OCE’s Annual General Meeting held on Thursday October 27, 2016.

“Thank you to the OCE for recognizing the important relationship between ASi and McMaster,” said Erik. “My dad believed that ASi is building towards a more sustainable world, and I believe it too”.

“It is a great honour to present Accelerated Systems Inc. and McMaster University with the OCE 2016 Mind to Market Award for their partnership on advanced motor technology,” said Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “This successful collaboration puts ASi and McMaster in a leadership position, both in the research community and in the commercial market.”

The next phase of the collaboration between ASi and McMaster will involve additional competitive analysis and benchmarking of the AFSRM technology using test systems at McMaster’s facilities.
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Post by Hillhater » Nov 01, 2016 9:50 pm

What became of their Axial Flux motor ?
Does anyone use them or their controllers for Ebikes ?
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Post by LockH » Nov 01, 2016 10:02 pm

Hillhater wrote:What became of their Axial Flux motor ?
Does anyone use them or their controllers for Ebikes ?
Oh. Good question! ASI published to YT back in July, 2013:
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Post by Skalabala » Nov 02, 2016 6:55 am

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Post by amberwolf » Nov 02, 2016 2:15 pm

Sorry for the OT, but:just to reply
Skalabala wrote:What happened to Teddy?? :(
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ends a couple pages later here:
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 0#p1232767

Any replies to this should go in that thread.

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Post by Hillhater » Nov 02, 2016 4:32 pm

LockH wrote:
Hillhater wrote:What became of their Axial Flux motor ?
Does anyone use them or their controllers for Ebikes ?
Oh. Good question! ASI published to YT back in July, 2013:
..hmmm ?...yes but they dont seem to market their own bike , just key components..motors, controllers, displays, etc
http://accelerated-systems.com/products/ebikes/
So does any commercial bike retailer use those components ?..i thought a high power Axial Flux motor was considered in the running for the holy grail for Ebikes ??

...it seem it was a dead end last year also ?.... https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... i#p1059397
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Post by LockH » Nov 02, 2016 5:12 pm

Apparently they were still alive (and kicking?) a couple of weeks ago:
"ASi Joins Sustainable Waterloo Region":
http://accelerated-systems.com/2016/10/ ... oo-region/
We at ASi are making a big step towards reducing our environmental footprint by joining Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) as a member of their Regional Sustainability Initiative, which launched in September 2016. The Initiative strives to develop the local green economy in the Waterloo Region, where ASi is headquartered. SWR supports and encourages organizations to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. The program takes an overall operational approach to sustainability, with a focus on carbon, water, and waste.


ASi’s Green Team is excited to work with SWR towards improving our operations. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be posting updates on our drive towards sustainability!
Apparently twits can follow along:
https://twitter.com/acceleratedsys?lang=en
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Post by Hillhater » Nov 03, 2016 3:02 am

AW...isnt that just a link back to this thread ??
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Post by Hillhater » Nov 03, 2016 4:32 pm

Hmmm ?
Thanks ... But thats a much modified Grin version, not original stock ASI.
So, where are their motors and controllers used ?
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Post by amberwolf » Nov 04, 2016 1:36 am

Ah, ok, I didn't realize your question limited to only unmodified original stuff. I've removed my previous info as it doesn't apply to that limitation.

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