A Revolutionary Purpose
At Wrightspeed, we are designing the world’s most efficient range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for our growing roster of world-class customers. Built on a tradition of quality systems engineering, our powertrains represent a new era in vehicle propulsion, repowering a new generation of lighter, quieter and more efficient vehicle fleets for urban streets.
De Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet airliner
Starting With Turbine Jet Power
In 1945, piston engines powered all airplanes. Yet, in spite of near-universal use, pistons were hindered by complex mechanics that could not reliably power planes long distances. Too often, flights ran into mechanical errors and failed.
In response, the world’s first commercial jetliner safely flew across the Atlantic, powered by the next wave of transportation technology: turbines. Over the following decade a radical transformation unfolded as turbines replaced all piston engines for air travel. Turbines have provided a power to weight ratio that the industry needed and impulsion for modern aviation to takeoff.
The Fulcrum, turbine generator
Taking a page from the aerospace industry, Wrightspeed has designed and manufactured a turbine generator for commercial trucks fleets, and for the first time successfully applied advanced aviation technology to vehicles.
Today, our flagship product line, the Route™, a range-extended electric (REV) powertrain, marks the next era of transportation innovation, utilizing our turbine generator, Fulcrum. Just as turbine engines displaced piston engines in airplanes in the 1950s, turbines are displacing conventional engines in REV applications, ranging from Class 8 Garbage trucks to public buses to drayage trucks.
Building on a tradition of engineering excellence, Wrightspeed’s turbines are creating the next-generation of commercial fleets—benchmarking a new efficiency and performance standard, while simultaneously providing unlimited range and dramatically reduced fuel costs.
Imagine if one of the diesel engine manufacturers announced – we have just built a powertrain that can provide up to 60% fuel savings and a 60% reduction in emissions – wouldn’t that change the world?
Well, that is exactly what we have done.
The Mind Behind The PowerTrain
Ian Wright, Founder & CEO
Over the course of the last two decades, Ian Wright has emerged as one of the leading minds of the electric transportation era. After co-founding Tesla Motors in 2003 and then breaking away to build the fastest street legal electric car in the world– the X1, Ian Wright proved that electric vehicles could deliver high-performance without compromising intrinsic efficiency. After creating the X1, a concept car based on a modified Ariel Atom, he went onto to pursue a larger vision—solving EV economics.
The breakthrough came when Wright asked: how can we save the most fuel, per vehicle, per year to make a compelling payback? Using turbines and applying electric vehicle principles to urban, heavy-duty trucks, The Route™ powertrain was born. Wrightspeed’s range-extended electric vehicle architecture stands as a true economic and technology innovation for transportation and the company has been accelerating more efficient commercial fleets ever since.
With each component of every Wrightspeed powertrain engineered from the ground up, Ian and his team continue to manufacture powertrains to meet commercial fleet customers’ ever-evolving efficiency and performance needs.