Next-Gen Electric Motor Maker Linear Labs Powers Up Mobility with Global Partnership

Fort Worth-based Linear Labs has partnered with Abtery, a Nordic startup that aims to "disturb conventional transportation" in fields from marine solutions to electric airplanes.

Linear Labs, a smart electric motor company that intends to create the next generation of world-changing solutions for the electric power industry, announced a partnership with Abtery, a company developing cleantech systems in electro-mobility.

It’s a strategic move for both parties: Abtery now has a “superior electric motor” to offer as the heart of its transportation solutions, Brad Hunstable, CEO of Linear Labs, said in a release. And, he said, Fort Worth-based Linear Labs will gain more global presence with a partner that’s working with the world’s leading manufacturers to develop mobility applications.

Founded in 2014, Linear Labs has a strong IP portfolio of patents, with 21 issued and 29 pending globally. Its revolutionary Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET) offers high-performance power for sectors ranging from automotive and generators to HVAC and robotics, bringing with it smarter energy utilization.

Hunstable’s high-performance “smart” motor has applications in transportation that were previously the sole domain of internal combustion engines. Linear Labs said it will provide a license to its patented technology of what it calls the Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET).

Compared to the top permanent magnet motor on the market, the HET produces two times the torque density, three times the power density, two times the output per given motor size, and minimum 10 percent more range, Linear Labs said.

It’s a clear advantage, Martin De La Vega, CEO of Abtery, said. “We see its uses to be infinite in terms of reaching our clients elevated performance, size, weight, and range requirements,” he said.

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Abtery works across several different fields within transportation, electromobility, and energy storage — from marine to electric airplanes. The company calls itself “an electric drive systems house” and focuses on various facets of the growing electric vehicle market, including automotive, aviation, micro-mobility (scooters), and marine industries.

Notable clients include Elise aviation, with its 8-person electric airplane project, and Sarvo, an electric luxury boat manufacturer, according to Abtery.

The announcement comes on the heels of Linear Labs’ recent announcement that it successfully closed a $4.5 million seed round, led by Science Inc. and Kindred Ventures with participation from investors Chris and Crystal Sacca, Saltwater Ventures, Dynamic Signal CEO Russ Fradin, former Masergy CEO Chris MacFarland and Ustream co-founder Dr. Gyula Feher. The company was also recently named a finalist in the Southwest division of its annual Entrepreneur Of The Year program.

Quincy Preston and Alex Edwards contributed to this report.


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