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Detroit’s EcoMotors Signs $200 Mil Deal to Build OPOC Engine Plant

Chinese deal to lead to generator, off-road and possibly passenger vehicle applications.

by on Apr.09, 2013

The Chinese venture could be the breakthrough test for the promising opoc engine.

Detroit-based powertrain company EcoMotors has landed a $200 million deal to produce its new opoc motor in China, a deal that initially will see the “breakthrough” engine design used for stationary generator applications – though the U.S. company’s chairman says off-road and commercial use, as well as automotive applications could follow.

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Short for opposed piston-opposed cylinder, the opoc has generated significant interest in recent years because of compact size, low emissions and high efficiency. EcoMotors claims it can be as much as 50% more efficient than an advanced turbo-diesel, though the strategic agreement with Zhongding Power, based in Zuancheng, China, may be the real test to prove that advantage in the real world rather than a laboratory test bench.

Zhongding plans to begin producing its version of the opoc in 2014 and hopes to have capacity in place for up to 150,000 of the engines annually – projecting potential revenues of “over US $1 billion.”

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EcoMotors Teams Up With Navistar

Partners exploring potentially revolutionary engine technology.

by on Feb.23, 2011

A deal with Navistar could help developers of the OPOC engine bring the super-efficient technology to market.

EcoMotors International, the Michigan-based start-up company backed by Bill Gates and  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has signed a new development agreement with major truck and engine builder, Navistar International of Warrenville, Ill.

Like other traditional vehicle builders, Navistar is under intense pressure to improve fuel-economy and reduce emissions and Dan Ustian, the truck firm’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, said EcoMotors’ technology shows promise of helping to deliver the kind of improvements needed for the future.

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“We continue to be on the cutting edge of technology and our development agreement with EcoMotors once again demonstrates our commitment to develop new, innovative approaches to the commercial vehicle industry,” said Ustian “Our company has a long history of pushing the envelope to deliver state-of-the-art, customer-focused solutions and we see great promise in EcoMotors’ breakthrough engine design,” Ustian said.

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