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The Electromechanical Automation Division of Parker Hannifin has announced that its MPP series traction motor is powering an all-electric motorcycle built by clean-technology company Brammo.

The bike was recently unveiled at the Red Bull US Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California, where a major race took place as part of the FIM E-power race series.

Brammo supplies digital drive-train systems such as the Brammo Power battery pack and the Brammo Power vehicle management system.

Designed to provide reliability for the demanding applications found in high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles, Parker’s MPP traction motors offer lower weight and higher power from a smaller unit by comparison with other traction motors.

The motors include a winding design and Parker’s exclusive dual-cooling implementation, which features patent-pending internal cooling technology.

In particular, this design yields up to 40 per cent higher torque per unit size than conventionally constructed permanent magnet motors and delivers 20-350kW of power with 97 per cent efficiency.

The bike is set to become a new contender for the winning trophy on the racing circuit when its makes it debut in September.

Brammo plans to market a street version of the race bike for the commercial market next year, while Brammo and Parker are working on an even smaller MPP motor for the production version of the motorcycle.

Parker Hannifin – Electromechanical and Drives

Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. With a comprehensive portfolio of electromechanical actuators, servo motors, servo drives, operator displays, communications devices and variable speed AC and DC drives, the Electromechanical and Drives Division are uniquely placed to meet all of your motion control and drives requirements.

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