TM4 RECEIVES $3,7M THROUGH THE ECOENERGY INNOVATION INITIATIVE TO DEVELOP NEW POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGIES
(Boucherville, QC) Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced the funding of $3,7M to TM4 to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The funding was provided through Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund™ , through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, in support of advances in Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies.
The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system for electric vehicles, with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. This system will consist of one or more power converters and electric machines, to be assembled and bench tested, and then tested on the road in an electric vehicle. Several experimental prototypes of engine and electronic power subcomponents will use innovative materials and/or concepts. This project will allow an entire chain of expert Canadian suppliers to take part in the development and eventual commercialization of this new innovative powertrain topology.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, TM4 was created in 1998 to market the electric propulsion technology developed by Hydro-Quebec’s research institute, IREQ. Today, it provides customers in a dozen countries with patented technologies and distinctive expertise in electric motors, generators and inverters for the transport and energy markets. Products include customized electric drivetrains for electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle manufacturers, and generators for wind turbine and gen-set manufacturers. TM4 is based in Boucherville, Québec.