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EMotorWerks-1 - An All-Electric BMW 3 Series Conversion - The First in a Range of High-Performance Electric Cars from Electric Motor Werks

Palo Alto, CA, October 20, 2011 --( Electric Motor Werks (EMotorWerks), a California company, unveiled a new orange electric BMW at the 38th Annual Palo Alto EV Rally on Saturday September 24th, 2011. Dubbed "EMotorWerks-1," this is the first fully functional prototype of the high-performance electric conversion solutions being developed by EMotorWerks , located in Palo Alto, CA.

The company is on track to launch their first conversion product to the public later this year – a BMW 3 series conversion. In the process of a full electric conversion, the original polluting gasoline engine, exhaust, gas tank, and cooling system are all removed from the original donor car and new motor, battery pack, controller and a charger are installed. All the original car amenities (power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning) are also replaced by the more efficient electric versions.

Following the BMW 3-series, EMotorWerks will expand into other major high-performance car brands. “Our mission is to give performance-oriented drivers a radically new option in responsible transportation – an electric conversion. Soon, you will be able to make your BMW, Audi, or Mercedes into a fully electric car. It will be faster, cleaner, and more fun than it is now,” says Dr. Valery Miftakhov, the Founder of EMotorWerks . "Furthermore, with ~30% of the total environmental footprint of a regular car coming from actually producing it, a conversion option is much better for the environment than buying a new electric car."

The EMotorWerks-1 prototype has successfully reached its initial design goals of:

0-60 under 6 seconds (substantially faster than the original 7-second 330ci donor vehicle). High-performance option will also be available, with 0-60 under 5 seconds.
* Top speed over 120 mph
* 100 mile freeway range with base pack (up to 180 with the extended pack). With the base pack, the trunk space is fully preserved.
* 2-3 hour full recharge from the regular house electrical service (220V)

In order to achieve this level of performance, EMotorWerks has utilized the latest advances in EV technology, and has designed several critical components in-house. Specifically, the upcoming high-performance conversions will use:

The most powerful EV motor available (capable of producing up to 550hp, 600 ft-lb peak power)

State-of-the-art Lithium battery using the recently developed, safe Lithium chemistry (LiFePo4). 35-60 kWhr capacity packs will be available. These batteries, unlike the regular Lithium batteries you find in your laptop (or electric cars made by Tesla and soon, Toyota), do not burn or explode

EMotorWerks-developed modular EV charging system allowing to fully re-charge your 100-mile EV in as little as 1 hour from your existing 220V electrical service. A 3-hour version of the system is installed in the EMotorWerks-1, allowing 2-3 hour recharge.

EMotorWerks-developed digital EV console to monitor and control all the EV parameters. Based on Android tablet device, the console will provide seamless integration with all EV systems, native donor car systems, and all native Android navigation and entertainment functionality.

The pricing of the conversion services and kits will depend on the performance parameters desired (speed, range, acceleration). "By focusing on the specific car makes and models, and by automating almost all our high-labor manufacturing, we can offer top-notch electric car performance at 40-60% of the price of the new electric car. And you can continue to drive the car you know and like," says Dr. Miftakhov.

Advance inquiries and reservations are now accepted at Initially, the company will perform conversions at its own facilities and will support DIY conversions. Soon after that, EMotorWerks plans to roll out a network of authorized installers so that the customers can go to their day-to-day mechanic to perform a conversion.

At the EV Rally, EMotorWerks-1 attracted a lot of public attention from over a thousand attendees. This new release was a very significant Green Movement event since it will mark the beginning of mass production of the BMW 3-series turn-key conversion solution with hope to replace thousands of "dirty" vehicles in the US with clean, zero emission ones. Prior to that, EMotorWerks has gathered crowds at Makers Faire with its first test vehicle, a 1978 Fiat Spider.

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