June 9, 2023

BMW has invested in DeepDrive, the German startup behind a new type of “ultra-efficient” motor for electric vehicles. 

The €15m Series A funding round also saw participation from the likes of UVC Partners, the Continental Corporate Venture Capital Unit, and former board member and CTO of Audi and Volvo, Peter Mertens.  

Founded in 2021, the Munich-based startup has developed a radial flux dual-rotor motor that boasts the highest torque and power density of any EV motor available today, the startup claims. It also has low noise emissions, and is built using far fewer rare earth materials.  

All of this translates to an electric motor that is fast, quiet, and super efficient. What’s more, the motor and its power electronics can be installed in both the wheel hub and the central drive of an electric car. Why does that matter? Well firstly, it means the motor can be installed in a wide range of electric car types. Secondly, an electric car with four ultra-efficient motors, one in each wheel, would be insanely fast, but quiet as a mouse.