Brazilian company taps MotoCzysz for electric drive
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
TAC Motors signed a $27 million deal with Portland-based MotoCzysz to incorporate its electric drive in a 2013 version of its popular Stark sports utility vehicle.
TAC Motors and MotoCzysz signed a $27 million deal to incorporate MotoCzysz's electric Digital Drive in TAC's popular four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle.
Portland-based MotoCzysz, known for its race-winning electric motorcycles, manufactures its sleek Digital Drive for companies to incorporate into their electric vehicles.
MotoCzysz will start delivering the Digital Drives to TAC for incorporation in the electric version of its Stark vehicle in 2013.
Ray Crepeau, MotoCzysz general manager, said the TAC deal is the largest the company has inked to date and one of several that MotoCzysz is pursuing with vehicle manufacturers.
Crepeau said MotoCzysz will base manufacturing of the Digital Drives in Portland and will add staff to accommodate demand.
"The eStark is a very exciting and cool vehicle that I think will be a real success in Brazil and hopefully eventually in North America as well," said Michael Czysz, CEO of MotoCzysz, in a press release. "The Digital Drive is the commercialization of everything MotoCzysz has learned while maintaining a dominant force in electric motorcycle racing."
The Digital Drive is a single unit containing a liquid-cooled electric motor, configurable gear reduction, oil pump and other equipment inside a box that could pass the size test for carry-on luggage. MotoCzysz partnered with Remy Electric Motors LLC to develop the electric drive.
The MotoCzysz staff is clearing out of Portland this weekend, en route to the Isle of Man for the annual TT Zero motorcycle race. A MotoCzysz bike has won the race for the last two years in a row.
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