Electric Makeover In Store For TAC Stark SUV

Brazilian jeep maker TAC Motors has signed an agreement with electric-motorcycle company MotoCzysz to create an electric version of a popular SUV.

The electric conversion of the Stark, described by TAC as a “jeep-style sport-ute,” will utilize MotoCzysz’s electric powertrain package, known as the D1g1tal Dr1ve.


image via TAC Motors

The D1g1tal Dr1ve is specifically designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who want to build electric vehicles (EVs).

Packaged into a single unit the system contains a liquid cooled, IPM electric motor and IGBT inverter, configurable gear reduction, differential, heat exchange, oil pump and miscellaneous electronics.

The unit is about the size of a carry-on piece of luggage and torque can be created with a DC current supply, water loop and a low voltage wiring harness.

“Deciding to make an electric Stark was an easy decision, the difficult part was, how?” Giovani Balduino, TAC Motors’ Technical Director, said in a statement. “MotoCzysz answered that question with the D1g1tal Dr1ve.”

MotoCzysz is best known in the EV world for its high performance electric bikes. The manufacturer, headquartered in Portland, Ore., has dominated the sport of electric bike racing, winning the the Isle of Man’s SES TT Zero Race three years running.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.

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