02Nov 16

Wrightspeed and The Ratto Group Deploy First Route™-Enabled Refuse Truck

Coming to a neighborhood near you: A recycled truck that recycles the waste SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at a press conference held in Sonoma County, Wrightspeed, the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains for heavy-duty applications, and The Ratto Group, a Santa Rosa-based refuse, yard waste and recycling collection and processing company, unveiled a new era for the global refuse and transportation industries: the first commercial application of a range-extended electric refuse truck. With the support of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, communities…

27Jun 16

Wrightspeed Inc. Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum today announced its selection of the world's 30 most promising Technology Pioneers 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People's Republic of China Companies were selected for their potential to significantly impact business and society through new technologies and advance the Fourth Industrial Revolution Wrightspeed's powertrains are completely displacing conventional diesel engine and transmission systems in the most expensive emitters on urban streets today: commercial trucks and mass transit fleets SAN JOSE, Calif. and TIANJIN, China, June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Wrightspeed…

07Jun 16

Mack Trucks Showcases Wrightspeed’s The Route Powertrain at WasteExpo 2016

LAS VEGAS, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WasteExpo 2016 -- At this week's WasteExpo2016, Mack Trucks, one of North America's largest manufacturers of heavy-duty Class 8 trucks, engines and transmissions, will demonstrate its continued commitment to product excellence by showcasing a highly advanced powertrain innovation, Wrightspeed's The Route™. Designed as a replacement for conventional piston engine and transmission systems, the award-winning Route is a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain that provides unlimited range and dramatically reduced fuel costs for today's refuse, delivery and mass transit markets. Wrightspeed counts FedEx, Ratto Group…

20Apr 16

Wrightspeed and Infratil Announce US $30M Agreement to Bring Clean Transportation to Australasia

SAN JOSE, CA and WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 20, 2016 – Today Wrightspeed Inc., the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, announced a US $30M deal with Infratil-owned NZ Bus, the country’s largest operator of urban bus services. Under the terms of the deal, Wrightspeed will provide its award-winning powertrain technology – the Route™ 500 – to NZ Bus. The move marks Wrightspeed’s first expansion beyond refuse and delivery applications, into mass transit, signaling multinational and multimodal demand for the company’s first-in-kind powertrain technology. With nearly 75 percent of its electricity…

04May 15

Wrightspeed Announces New Electric Vehicle Range-extender

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4, 2015 -- Today Wrightspeed Inc., the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, announced the Fulcrum, a turbine generator. Utilizing a proprietary set of advancements, the Fulcrum's simple, but innovative design represents a breakthrough that challenges today's piston engines and leaves existing turbine generators wanting. Powerful like a jet, and clean like a windmill, the 80kW Fulcrum turbine generator sets a new standard as Wrightspeed continues to evolve electric vehicle propulsion. Each component of every Wrightspeed powertrain is engineered from the ground up to systematically deliver ideal…

20Jan 15

Electric Powertrain Manufacturer Wrightspeed Moves to Alameda Point

ALAMEDA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 -- Today, the City of Alameda announced that Tesla Motors co-founder Ian Wright will relocate his company, Wrightspeed, from San Jose to Alameda Point.  Wrightspeed designs and manufactures electric powertrain units that can be easily installed in existing delivery and garbage trucks.  Once outfitted with Wrightspeed's technology, the trucks become near zero-emission, quiet, and efficient commercial vehicles. Wrightspeed is the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric powertrains for commercial trucks in the world, and counts FedEx among its growing list of customers. Backed by a California Energy Commission…

16Apr 14

Wrightspeed and Ratto Group Clean Up the North Bay

APRIL 16, 2014 Wrightspeed and The Ratto Group announce their partnership in converting North Bay garbage and recycling vehicles from clean diesel to electric drive. The partnership is announced three weeks after Wrightspeed publicized their heavy-duty electric driveline product, the route HD. The route HD is a plug-in electric truck powertrain that uses an onboard turbine generator to charge the battery, as needed, on the road. It uses CNG, LNG, diesel, or landfill gases and burns cleaner per kilowatt-hour than the average mix of US electrical power plants, making it…

31Mar 14

Wrightspeed Delivers “Cleaner Than EV” Trucks to Fed Ex

MARCH 31, 2014 Wrightspeed, Inc. announced delivery of their turbine-electric product to their first customer, FedEx. FedEx Express has taken delivery of Wrightspeed’s medium-duty product, the Route™. The Route is a “repower” powertrain kit, engineered for the delivery and service fleet markets. The Route replaces a truck's diesel engine, transmission, and differential and provides impressive improvements in fuel economy and maintenance costs. The Route uses electric drive, can be plugged in, and has no range limitations (given refueling). The Route™ turbine generator charges batteries, as needed, on the road and…

17Mar 14

Wrightspeed Announces Super Clean Garbage Trucks

MARCH 17, 2014 Wrightspeed, Inc. announced today their third electric driveline product, the Route HD. The Route HD is a heavy-duty powertrain engineered to save fuel in heavy stop-and-go applications, such as waste removal trucks. The Route HD can burn diesel, CNG, LNG, or landfill gases, and it can save refuse companies more than $35k in fuel costs, and $10k in maintenance costs, per year. The system is designed as a repower kit, so commercial fleets can retrofit their existing trucks. This helps get dirty powertrains off the road, without…

14Sep 12

CA Energy Commission and Wrightspeed Create San Jose Jobs

San Jose, California September 14, 2012 San Jose startup, Wrightspeed, will receive a $5.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for Advanced Vehicle Technology Manufacturing. The grant is part of the CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The scoring criteria were: project feasibility, project budget, match funding, economic benefit, qualifications of project team, and market development; Wrightspeed received the highest application score of the applicants. The grant funds will accelerate manufacturing of Wrightspeed’s Route™, a retrofit powertrain for the medium duty commercial fleet market, which…

21May 12

Commercial Trucks Save More Than 20X Fuel of 100 MPG Car

San Jose, California May 21, 2012 Yes, there is a commercial truck that saves twenty times more fuel than a 100mpg car. Wrightspeed is challenging convention with the Route™, a retrofit electric drive powertrain with an on-board generator engineered for the surprisingly large medium-duty commercial fleet market. In the US alone, this part of the transportation sector boasts over 2 million trucks. Why trucks instead of hyper-efficient cars? “For electric drive to make economic sense, you have to displace enough fuel to pay for the technology,” says founder and CEO,…

15Aug 11

Wrightspeed to Launch “GTD” – A Breakthrough in Electric Drive Technology

San Jose, CA. August 15, 2011 Today Wrightspeed announced its Geared Traction Drive (GTD), an integrated inverter, electric motor, and two-speed transmission. Just 12 months after A round funding, Wrightspeed has produced what established leaders in the automotive industry have not. The two-speed Wrightspeed GTD shifts electronically, using software-controlled motor synchronization instead of clutches, and provides a maximum output torque (per wheel) of 1893 ft-lbs in first gear, and 810 ft-lbs in second gear (180mph max). Fisker recently suggested that "Veyron levels of performance" could be achieved with the successful integration…

30Mar 11

City of San Jose and the California Energy Commission Team Up to Welcome Wrightspeed, Inc.

March 30, 2011 Event: Join San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, California Energy Commission Vice Chair James Boyd, Wrightspeed CEO Ian Wright, members from the local cleantech community and others for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Wrightspeed facility in San Jose, CA. When: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:00am – 1:00pm Where: Wrightspeed, Inc. 2540 Junction Avenue San Jose, CA 95134 Visuals: Learn about Wrightspeed's Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Digital Drivesystem for high fuel consumption vehicles. Vehicles on display will include: Isuzu NPR Work Truck: see how the…

13Dec 10

Wrightspeed’s Electric Vehicle Grant Approved

San Jose, California December 13, 2010 Wrightspeed, Inc., an advanced clean energy transportation company based in San Jose, CA, announced today that the California Energy Commission has approved its $1,197,064 grant solicitation for the development of its Powertrain retrofit kit for medium-duty fleet trucks. These funds were provided under California Assembly Bill 118. California is a national leader in fostering alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology. By leveraging state funds with matching dollars, California is spurring the economy with the development of medium and heavy-duty electric trucks," said California…

04Nov 10

Wrightspeed Secures $5 Million In Funding

San Jose, California November 4, 2010 Wrightspeed, Inc., today announced it has secured $5 million in a Series A financing from a private investor. The funding will be used to support the development of Wrightspeed's Digital DriveSystem, an extended-range hybrid electric drive system targeted at high fuel consumption and high-performance vehicles. "Our technology will displace at least 3,000 gallons of fuel per year per high-usage vehicle", said founder and CEO, Ian Wright. The system takes a unique approach to on-board power generation and uses motors modularly, making it easy to…

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