Aurica Motors signs up two new partners
Fremont, Calif. — The Clean Tech Institute in Santa Clara has agreed to develop a training curriculum for electric auto manufacturing. “At our new Fremont campus, we look forward to working with Aurica Motors to retrain NUMMI workers for careers in the clean energy sector including electric vehicles, nanomaterials batteries, wind power and photovoltaics,” says Lloyd Tran, Director of the Clean Tech Institute. Aurica Motors plans to retool the NUMMI plant to build not only electric cars but compatible battery charging stations. These “Power Exchange Package” stations will stock recharged batteries that can be swapped out in 3 minutes. Aurica intends to have the swappable batteries charged with solar and wind power, and will need employees with renewable energy expertise as well as knowledge of electric car manufacturing. The Clean Tech Institute has been training professionals for careers in clean technology for the past 3 years, and has received a grant from the US Department of Labor, under the President’s High Growth Training Initiative.
Motive Industries in Calgary, Canada is a specialized vehicle design, prototyping and production engineering company.” We believe the mission the folks at Aurica Motors have undertaken – to keep the NUMMI plant operational – is bold, yet possible. And well worth the effort if successful,” says Motive President Nathan Armstrong. “We provide complete prototype vehicles and apply advanced manufacturing techniques to produce them faster and at lower cost. Aurica provides an opportunity to launch a new era of more efficient and sustainable automobile production.” Motive develops concept vehicles for major automakers such as Dodge, Hyundai, Suzuki, Chrysler, and Toyota. The company also offers advanced production programs for start-ups and smaller companies, and developed the prototype for the electric vehicle Aptera.
Aurica Motors is posting concept car designs on its website, www.auricamotors.com and is inviting consumers to comment on its Facebook page.
About Aurica Motors:
Aurica Motors was founded by a Silicon Valley physicist, working with a team of engineers over the past four years, to develop proprietary technologies that make all-electric cars more practical and accessible. For example, Aurica’s Recurve Drive electronics system enables any electric car to travel farther on the same battery charge. Aurica’s batteries can either be recharged by plugging into the grid, or exchanged in 3 minutes for a battery charged with renewable energy at an Aurica Power Exchange Package (PEP) swapping station. This makes the Aurica E-Car more environmentally viable than other electric cars that depend entirely on grid energy, which comes primarily from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. On the company’s website at auricamotors.com, Aurica defines itself as “The electric car with a purpose: to make electric cars more practical while saving 4,700 NUMMI jobs, the Bay Area economy, and the environment.”
This entry was written by Ashton Uytengsu, posted on March 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm.
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