Equipmake was founded by Ian Foley as a sideline to his motorsport work, to develop his niche EV concepts and supply EV engineering consultancy services.
Ian identifies a clear gap in the market for affordable high-performance electric motors and power electronics, development of the Electric Flywheel energy storage begins, Williams F1 are a key customer.
Williams F1 invests in the flywheel business, this arm of the business becomes Willams Hybrid Power. Contracts are awarded by Porsche in 2009 – who go on to win a 24-hour race. Audi in 2010 who win three Le Mans races. 2011 the flywheel is installed on several hybrid buses. 2014 the business is purchased by GKN.
Flywheel contract with Porsche, 24 hour hybrid race – Win.
A major turning point in the company’s history – Our patented spoke motor concept is born.
Our electric supercar project – Hipercar begins with Ariel
The EV Drivetrain project – CELEB (Cost Effective Electric Bus) begins development with partner Agrale
We are successful in our bid for more funding, and an APC grant is awarded for CELEB2. We move to a new purpose-built HQ in Snetterton officially opened by the Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss.
We go through a rapid growth phase and grow our team from 15 employees to 55. Growth partly facilitated by funding from the New Anglia LEP.
Jewel E is unveiled, the first all-electric Double Deck Bus featuring the Equipmake zero emission drivetrain, including a 548kWh battery with up to a 300 mile range in partnership with Beulas & Agrale.
Exciting times, a number of projects will begin in-service trials, watch this space.