Department spinout YASA opens new electric motor factory in Oxfordshire

University of Oxford spin-out YASA Ltd was founded in 2009 by Tim Woolmer, who invented the motor for his DPhil project at the Department of Engineering Science.
Department spinout YASA opens new electric motor factory in Oxfordshire

YASA motor

The YASA (Yokeless and Segmented Armature) motor combines a revolutionary redesign of the magnetics in an electric motor, a clever cooling system and mechanical packaging, resulting in a motor up to 60pc smaller and four times lighter than the 2010 Toyota Prius motor, with a 30pc greater power output.

Almost a decade on, YASA is now established as a world-leading electric motor manufacturer working with high profile auto companies such as Jaguar Land Rover. It was reported earlier this year that the company would be increasing its production capacity 50-fold over the coming months, from a production capacity of 2,000 units a year to 100,000 units a year, in anticipation of a surging market for electric vehicles.

The new electric motor factory at Oxford Industrial Park at Yarnton, Oxfordshire, was officially opened by Business Secretary Greg Clark earlier this month.

The new facility will build up to 100,000 motors for hybrid and electric vehicles each year and create 150 high-skilled jobs. The factory is intended to help deliver the next generation of environmentally-friendly hybrid and pure electric vehicles, 80% of which are destined for export around the world, including China.

YASA’s electric motors will help deliver on the government’s ambition to be at the forefront of electric vehicle production, powering the next generation of innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Chris Harris, YASA’s CEO said of the announcement: “YASA is a great example of what the UK can and should expect to achieve if we invest in the innovative and creative ideas emerging from our best universities, and have the determination and patience to turn those great ideas into world-beating companies”.


Acknowledgements: and BBC News