U.S.-built motors have become a critical piece of America’s National security imperative. Linear Labs is scaling production of its new High Torque and Ultra High Efficiency electric motor and new intelligence drive system, called the HET Light, aimed at meeting the increased demand of the Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) industry. (Photo courtesy Linear Labs)

Company raises $17 Million Series A funding to further support manufacturing capabilities

March 2, 2022

FORT WORTH, Texas—Electric motor developer Linear Labs reported that it recently launched production of its new High Torque and Ultra High Efficiency electric motor and new intelligence drive system, called the HET Light, aimed at meeting the increased demand of the light electric vehicle (LEV) industry.

According to a release from Linear Labs, the LEV market is one of the fastest growing markets in electrification and is expected to reach 125 million units globally by 2025. The LEV industry includes smaller mobility vehicles like neighborhood electric vehicles, small utility vehicles, golf carts, material handling vehicles, and recreational vehicles. It also includes light electric motorcycles, e-bikes, and mopeds, the company said in the release.

The production launch includes two models—the HET Light 30 and HET Light 45 Series. The patented electrification system is said to outperform all LEV motors with twice the torque and higher efficiency.

The 45 Series motor system produces 250 Nm peak torque and 94 percent peak efficiency, and weighs 9.7kg. The 30 Series motor system produces 150 Nm peak torque and 94 percent peak efficiency and weighs 6.9kg. The higher torque and efficiency of the HET Light Series is said to increase vehicle performance, extend range, reduce vehicle weight, and provide significant volume space savings. It is also said to eliminate gear reduction.

“U.S. built motors have become a national strategic imperative. We are bringing high torque and high efficiency motor manufacturing back to the U.S.,” said Brad Hunstable, founder and CEO of Linear Labs, in the release. “As we enter the next wave of electrification, Linear Labs is driving global impact through smarter energy systems, starting with the HET Light Motor System.”

Linear Labs’ patented High Efficiency Torque (HET) motor and Intelligent Control Drive are reported to produce up to twice the torque of competitor motors—or the same torque in half the size—and can be made using rare-earth or ferrite magnets. The design is based upon what Linear Labs called “a breakthrough design and AI driving software control system” that creates a powerful AI motor system.

The city of Fort Worth and Linear Labs, recognizing the potential global impact and national security strategic imperative of U.S. electrification manufacturing, finalized a $68.9 million economic incentive package in 2021 to further solidify the city as a tech innovation hub. Linear Labs said it projects thousands of new skilled jobs over the next 10 years at its research and production center, which manufactures electronification drive systems for electric vehicles and industrial applications.

“Fort Worth has become a growing technology hub that is ripe to bring some of the best and brightest technology and smart energy talent to the city, “ said Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, in the release. “We are open for business and welcome the opportunity to support Linear Labs and businesses like it who are moving us into the next generation of smart energy technology.”

Linear Labs recently closed its Series A funding of $17 million. The funding will further support the company’s manufacturing capabilities, going towards expanding its manufacturing expertise, supply chain infrastructure and logistics, and advanced automation and robotics engineering. It will also help the company add more engineering talent to its team. The round was led by THRC Investments, and Folsom Point Equity, with existing investors Lowercarbon Capital, Kindred Ventures, Saltwater Capital, Champion Hill Ventures, OzoneX Ventures, and Capital Factory also contributing.

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