CPM and Rieju Seal Cooperation Deal
Munich – February 25, 2011
CPM Compact Power Motors GmbH, headquartered in Munich, is to become the exclusive supplier of electric drives for the Spanish manufacturer Rieju’s MIUS electric scooters.
“In the years ahead, electric scooters will spearhead the shift from the combustion engine to the electric drive, creating the first mass market for fully electric vehicles. This requires premium-quality products with a lightweight construction and highly efficient components designed specifically for electric drives. This has been done to perfection with the Rieju MIUS, and we are delighted that our products will be part of it," notes CPM’s CEO Nico Windecker.
Rieju will build the RIEJU MIUS 4.0 electric scooter and develop it further for use in all kinds of commercial delivery services. The project is an initiative of ClusterMoto, a Spanish non-profit association devoted to motorcycle engineering and sponsored by both the Spanish and Catalan governments. It aims to put more electrically powered vehicles on the road and bolster Spain’s motorcycle industry.
Barcelona is a global pioneer in promoting electric mobility. The catalyst for various initiatives, the Catalan capital supports a number of pilot projects, with the MIUS figuring prominently in all.
Rieju, CPM, the Canadian battery manufacturer Delaware Power Systems, and ClusterMoto developed the vehicle in a joint effort. Rieju will begin producing the MIUS 4.0 in April 2011 at its plant in northern of Spain.
Rieju went beyond merely adapting a legacy vehicle to an electric drive, instead designing from the bottom up a new vehicle tailored to the demands of electric mobility. To achieve satisfactory range without necessitating prohibitively expensive batteries, an electric vehicle requires special lightweight, ultra efficient components.
These challenging demands for power, efficiency, compactness, and economy prompted the company to choose a drive designed by CPM. The CPM90 Power Pack provides up to four kilowatts to power the scooter, achieving good performance (75 km/h) and considerable range while setting new standards for lightweight design and efficiency.
The CPM drive’s light weight (3.3 kg) and high efficiency (up to 90 percent) help conserve considerable battery power over the vehicle’s given range. Beyond that, the drive module’s onboard controller not only regulates the motor; it manages the entire vehicle so that there is no need to add a central vehicle controller. The drive unit is remarkably compact, and readily integrates into the vehicle’s design to create a streamlined, stylish look.
Headquartered in Figueres, Spain, Rieju was founded in 1934 by Luis Riera Carré and Jaime Juanola. The Catalan company began building motorcycles in 1947, and today focuses on the classes ranging from 50 cc to 450 cc. Over the course of its 75-year history, Rieju has risen to become one of the leading manufacturers of mopeds, scooters, and light motorcycles. Spain's market leader in the 125 cc class, the enterprise exports 80 percent of its vehicles. It won this year’s Dakar Rally, placing first in the marathon class (unmodified production motorcycles) with a Rieju WR 450 F.
About CPM Compact Power Motors GmbH
CPM Compact Power Motors GmbH offers the world’s most efficient and compact electric drives, developed specifically for use as traction drives in electric vehicles and as other power packs, for example, for air-conditioning compressors. CPM has singular innovative powers and recognized specialists for electric drives with Dr. Thomas Leiber, his father Heinz Leiber, the inventor of the ABS braking system, and the entire team. Its customer base comprises top global manufacturers of vehicles, particularly bikes, and auxiliary power packs for automotive applications, as well as innovative technology leaders such as a renowned manufacturer of electric marine motor and German Business Founder Award winner.
CPM’s groundbreaking electric mobility technologies earned it the distinction of being the only electric drive manufacturer in the 2010 Global Cleantech 100 list of the world’s most promising companies. Out of nearly 5,000 nominated enterprises, CPM was one of a select few deemed most likely to make a major impact on the market over the next five to ten years.