- Saietta’s innovative axial flux technology (AFT) is the ideal motor solution for the electrification of the Indian 100cc+ motorbike and last mile transportation sector in mega-cities
- Saietta has signed a contract with Padmini VNA, a leading Tier 1 Indian automotive supplier to fast-track AFT into the rapidly expanding market
- AFT electric motors are designed to efficiently deliver high torque, high power and high efficiency at low voltage and low rpm
- Low-cost, compact, lightweight and highly durable AFT electric motor design further underlines Saietta’s credentials for the Indian market
Bicester, UK, / Haryana, India, 6 May 2021 – Saietta Group, a specialist in Axial Flux Technology (AFT) electric motors, has today announced a landmark partnership agreement with Padmini VNA, one of India’s premier Tier 1 automotive suppliers.
The commercial agreement will see Padmini partner with Saietta to develop new and exciting opportunities in India’s fast-growing electric two-wheel market. Padmini’s customer base includes many of India’s revered two-wheeler OEMs including Hero MotorCorp, TVS, Bajaj Auto and Royal Enfield.
Commenting on the new partnership, Wicher Kist, Chief Executive Officer at Saietta Group, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Padmini as we introduce our axial-flux motor technology to the strategically important Indian market. The Indian two, three and four wheel mobility market is at an important crossroads. It’s time for the democratisation of zero-emissions mobility in India, starting with their most popular form of mobility – motorbikes and scooters.
“Our axial-flux technology offers a winning combination of class leading performance at the price required for the Indian market and is exceptionally durable and robust. This makes the AFT electric motors the go-to zero-emissions powertrain for 100cc+ motorbikes which is the next sector that will go electric in India.
“We were introduced to Padmini VNA by the UK Government’s Department of International Trade and, from that moment onward, we knew we had found the right partner.”
Established in 1991, Padmini has grown into a leading Indian Tier 1 automotive supplier for OEMs worldwide, specializing in the further advancement and innovation of emissions-reduction technologies.
Kabir Bhandari, Managing Director and Founder of Padmini VNA, said: “We are super excited to bring our engineering and manufacturing capabilities and with the Saietta AFT motors we intend to develop an affordable and scalable eco system that will accelerate the adoption of electric mobility.”
Huge growth opportunity
With its high-tech, low-cost, low-voltage performance and exceptionally durable and robust characteristics, the Saietta AFT electric motors are the ideal powertrain for India’s rapidly expanding zero emissions motorbike and scooter market.
The 2 wheel sector accounted for just over 21 million units sold in 2019, and analysts predict further growth over the next five years. A big part of that expansion will be driven by the Indian government’s clear focus on zero-emissions mobility for mega-cities.
At present, it’s estimated that over 60% of all Indian retail petrol consumption comes from two-wheelers. Studies have also shown that India has six of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, with New Delhi having the worst air pollution of any global capital city.
The next generation in electric motor design
AFT is designed to deliver the power and torque required by 100cc+ two-wheelers at just 48V-120V. It’s liquid-cooled which means it has a significantly higher continuous power than air cooled e-motors in the hot and humid Indian ambient temperatures.
By being fully sealed the AFT motors are totally protected from the elements and also means that minimal maintenance is needed, thereby reducing the cost of ownership.
Such is the flexibility and modularity of Saietta’s AFT motors, they are not only well-suited to two-wheel applications but also present viable sustainable mobility solutions for three and four wheel transport all the way up to trucks and buses.
Indian OEMs wishing to explore adopting Saietta’s innovative AFT motor technology can connect with the Saietta-Padmini group via [email protected].
About Saietta Group
Saietta Group is an established engineering company based in Oxfordshire, England. It specialises in propulsion motors for a broad range of electric vehicles (EVs) and has engineered breakthrough, patent-protected, axial-flux motor tech. It’s branded AFT (Axial Flux Technology) and is modular in design, meaning high and low voltage e-motor solutions can be provided from scooters to buses. Saietta provides end-to-end turnkey engineering services to OEMs from market research and product definition, CAE and simulation, e-motor electrical and mechanical integration, prototype build and vehicle testing on 20 miles of private test tracks. Once motor specifications are agreed for client applications, Saietta can take them into low volume manufacture and define the high volume production processes for clients to replicate and manufacture under license. The AFT 140 is the first motor variant in production which is optimised for mid-power motorbikes and last mile delivery vehicles. The unique AFT design provides class-leading performance with high torque density at low voltage and is particularly efficient on urban duty cycles. AFT has been rigorously designed for high automation in volume production meaning AFT cost effectively delivers class-leading performance for the L-Category target market.
More information is available via the Saietta Group website (www.saiettagroup.com). The company can also be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About the Padmini VNA Group
Founded in 1991 and based in Gurugram, India, Padmini VNA is a leading auto supplier of emissions reducing mechatronics products with a deep focus on innovation, lean manufacturing and agility. With over 50% of its employee strength lying in Research & Development, PVNA develops and manufactures products for the passenger cars, commercial vehicles, two-wheeler, and tractor segments. The company is known worldwide for its technological capabilities and manufacturing expertise as producers and exporters of essential vehicle emission control devices to OEMs across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Padmini VNA has effectively expanded its total patent count to over 100 which makes us a great differentiator and proves our credibility in the automotive market.
More information is available via the Padmini VNA website (https://padminivna.com/). The company can also be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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