British eDrive specialist Saietta Group has received an order for 3,000 units from Ayro, the U.S.-based low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) company. With deliveries commencing in Q3 2023, the Saietta eDrives will power the new Ayro Vanish, a utility LSEV designed to support campus mobility, last-mile delivery and micro-distribution. Saietta has worked closely with Ayro over the past year to design, engineer, test and validate a bespoke eDrive for the Ayro Vanish.
“We are delighted to be working with Ayro,” said Tony Gott, Executive Chairman, Saietta. “Speed to market is key for OEMs as lightweight mobility rapidly transitions to electric propulsion globally. Saietta has developed a competitive advantage from engineering complete eDrive solutions specifically for this market sector with plenty of modularity built into the designs. This means we can work closely with clients to quickly tailor the core technology to their specific application – our flexible approach is the polar opposite of ‘one size fits all’.”
Saietta’s Axial Flux Technology (AFT) electric motors are designed to optimally deliver high torque, power, and efficiency on urban duty cycles at low voltage and rpm. The company’s first commercial electric motor, the AFT140i, features a fully sealed and liquid cooled design that is optimised for use in urban delivery vehicles. Being axial flux architecture, the motor is compact and lightweight, helping to maximise the space available for cargo and occupants. The AFT140i also features a fully integrated controller into the same housing with a shared cooling system and this unit is mated to a transmission which has been designed specifically for the eDrive.
The Ayro bespoke solution has passed rigorous in-vehicle testing, assessment, and validation, proving it to be highly durable and robust and well aligned to the typical daily stop-start journeys of urban vehicles in the US.
“Over the last year, we have been impressed by Saietta’s innovation, flexibility and engineering pace,” said Tom Wittenschlaeger, Chief Executive Officer of Ayro. “As we approach the start of production for the revolutionary new Ayro Vanish, Saietta is the natural eDrive partner for Ayro. We believe that their eDrive solution, amongst numerous other class-leading innovations, will put us best-in-class in our segment.”
The global final mile delivery market is projected to grow almost 16% CAGR and by $165.6bn (£133.9bn) by 2027. In the US alone, this sector is expected to grow around 7% in the same period.