Linear Labs to mass-produce new hub motor in Texas for light EV and marine applications

Electric motor maker Linear Labs has announced that starting this September, it will be mass-producing its high-torque M200 e-mobility motor for off-the-shelf use. The announcement comes on the heels of a $68.9-million economic incentive deal with the city of Fort Worth to bring advanced automation manufacturing to the Texas metropolis.

The company will start with a production allocation distributed between itself and several Tier 1 sub-contractors, in order to expedite the manufacturing ramp rate and delivery of motors to early customers.  Linear Labs expects to manufacture and deliver at least 100,000 M200 motors by the end of 2021.

“We’re entering phase two of the company’s production plans based on extremely high customer demand,” said founder and CEO Brad Hunstable. “We’ve been building our motors for corporate clients to fit their custom needs for 10 months, and now it’s time to make our technology available to everyone. We’ll be producing a plug-and-play motor that can be manufactured at lower volumes without extensive commitment, and people will easily be able to use it for e-scooters, golf carts, e-bikes, autonomous robots or any other last-mile application. We’ll begin fulfilling deliveries as early as September 15th.”

The M200, with its integrated controller, is also able to work underwater for marine applications. 

VP Michael Van Steenburg said, “Because of our unique Magnetic Tunnel design with dual axial flux and dual radial flux rotors, the HET is four motors working as one, which provides around twice the average efficiency across the full speed range while making twice the torque of [competitors’ motors].” 

The M200 will initially be available in low-voltage ranges from 36-60 VDC, providing up to 140 Nm of peak torque at up to 5,000 RPM. Higher voltages will be available upon request. 

Source: Linear Labs