First In-Wheel Motor for BEV Scooter Launched

Japan’s electric motor manufacturer has seen its proprietary in-wheel motor adopted for a major Chinese motorcycle and scooter brand.

Nidec has adapted its motors to suit two new models from China’s largest BEV two wheel maker, Yadea, which claims to have sold more than 10 million units globally in 2020. Its latest model, is part of the series corresponding to the battery swap-out replacement system of Taiwan’s Gogoro company that can be replaced at any of the charging stations installed across a town. In addition, the model is equipped with a smartphone-dedicated app to check battery charge remaining and the motorcycle’s location, lock the vehicle electronically, and see its drive data.

Nidec’s in-wheel motor for electric motorcycles, with a maximum output of 48V and 2.8kW, adopted for the Huan Dian Shou 01 is installed in the rear wheel. The in-wheel motor boasts the low-speed torque at 18% and the high-speed torque of 5%, claiming better torque response than rival products. The motor uses the company’s single-micron-scale magnetic circuit design technology cultivated in making compact and fast-rotating hard disk drive spindle motors.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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