In recognizing the demand for electric and hybrid propulsion systems is growing rapidly, BorgWarner announced this week it has acquired two Oregon-based businesses and will merge their operations under the newly formed Cascadia Motion LLC.
According to BorgWarner, the new Cascadia Motion operation will retain an entrepreneurial culture and explore the wide variety of electric and hybrid propulsion solutions for niche and emerging applications found in both acquired operations, Rinehart Motion Systems LLC and AM Racing Inc.
“Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing are two established companies in the specialty electric and hybrid propulsion sector,” says Hakan Yilmaz, chief technology officer, BorgWarner. “Bringing them together as Cascadia Motion will allow us to offer design, development and production of full electric and hybrid propulsion systems for niche and low-volume manufacturing applications.”
BorgWarner says Rinehart Motion Systems brings expertise in propulsion inverters and controls for electric and hybrid electric vehicles in professional motorsports, motorcycles, specialty road cars, bus, and heavy-duty sectors. AM Racing designs and manufactures single- and dual-core electric motors and gearsets used in all these same market segments, the company says.
Cascadia Motion LLC also will expand the company’s ability to support a wide variety of customers with small scale projects, specialty products, and low volume manufacturing needs. In addition, BorgWarner says its global production facilities can be utilized as Cascadia Motion customers grow to require high-volume production.