ASi and McMaster University Win Award for Next Generation Motor Technology Collaboration

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by ASi


Waterloo, Ontario – Friday, October 28, 2016

World-class next generation motor technology that makes electric vehicles quieter, more powerful, and more environmentally sustainable earns award for Waterloo-based firm Accelerated Systems Inc. (ASi) and research partners at McMaster University.

ASi gratefully accepts the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)’s Mind to Market Award in honour of Robert Lankin, founder and CEO of ASi, who tragically passed away early this month. Rob was responsible for initially arranging the motor technology collaboration with McMaster, and supported the active engagements between ASi and the University.

ASi’s innovative axial-flux switched reluctance motor (AFSRM) technology differentiates itself from the more traditional brushless DC motors because it does not contain rare-earth metals, a finite resource, making the technology significantly more environmentally friendly. In addition, AFSRM technology has a higher available torque density and provides a smoother and quieter experience through its design and controls than any other switched reluctance motor currently available.

The collaboration between ASi and McMaster involves a number of stakeholders and contributors communicating on a continuous basis. ASi manages the project, delivering hardware and apparatus design guidance, as well as producing prototypes for testing. McMaster provides continuous research progress, including invaluable insights into machine simulations, motor modeling, and control systems. McMaster has written two publications based on their research, one of which has already been accepted for publication.

“Our collaboration has combined ASi’s expertise in motor design and manufacturing with McMaster’s advanced knowledge, enabling us to study a wide range of performance criteria, generate new design concepts, and develop better motor technology,” said Tim Lambert, motor design engineer and project team lead at ASi. “The team at McMaster has worked diligently to provide us with insight into the cutting edge of motor development, and in turn we have provided them with a window into the reality of developing products for the existing and future electric vehicle market.”

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Erik Lankin (center) accepting the Award from Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE (left), alongside Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science (right) [Photo credit to Lucia Graca Remedios].

The Mind to Market Award recognizes OCE-supported research collaborations between the business and academic communities that result in commercialized ideas and solutions. Recipients of the award illustrate the success achievable through these collaborations. Erik Lankin, Robert Lankin’s son, accepted the award presented by Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of the OCE, at the OCE’s Annual General Meeting held on Thursday October 27, 2016.

“Thank you to the OCE for recognizing the important relationship between ASi and McMaster,” said Erik.My dad believed that ASi is building towards a more sustainable world, and I believe it too”.

“It is a great honour to present Accelerated Systems Inc. and McMaster University with the OCE 2016 Mind to Market Award for their partnership on advanced motor technology,” said Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “This successful collaboration puts ASi and McMaster in a leadership position, both in the research community and in the commercial market.”

The next phase of the collaboration between ASi and McMaster will involve additional competitive analysis and benchmarking of the AFSRM technology using test systems at McMaster’s facilities.



About Accelerated Systems Inc.

Accelerated Systems Inc. (ASi) develops and manufactures advanced drivetrain systems for battery and hybrid-based non-automotive vehicles. ASi excels at delivering faster, lighter, and more cost-effective products through more than 20 years of world-leading Canadian engineering experience. ASi supports numerous applications in the rapidly evolving consumer electric vehicle market, including electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, industrial equipment and specialized equipment. For more information, visit


ASi Media Contact:

James Schnarr
Marketing Communications
(519) 342-2507

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Andrew Robertson
Manager, Media Relations
(416) 861-1092 x 1092

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