EcoMotors Expands Business with $32.5M Investment


ALLEN PARK — EcoMotors International Tuesday announced that it has completed its Series C round with a new investment totaling $32.5 million, led by Braemar Energy Ventures.  Existing investors Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures also participated in the round. To date, EcoMotors has raised more than $66 million.

The funding will allow EcoMotors to expand its research and development capability in support of growing the Company’s robust intellectual property base and moving to the next stage of opoc diesel engine development with two important customers, Navistar and Zhongding Holding Group.

The new capital will also enable EcoMotors to accelerate the creation of gasoline versions of opoc to meet increasing customer demand for cost effective fuel economy gains in cars, light trucks, hybrids, and extended range EVs.

“We are delighted to welcome Braemar Energy Ventures to the EcoMotors team,” said Don Runkle, EcoMotors’s CEO. “Braemar’s depth of experience in energy innovation makes them the perfect partner as we embark on a significant phase of development and delivery of our revolutionary opoc engine technology.”

EcoMotors is developing a multi-fuel family of engines to serve the expanding roster of opoc customers in both automotive and non-automotive markets. These include diesel versions specifically for GenSet and commercial vehicle applications, gasoline versions, and a CNG version ideally suited to leverage CNG’s fuel cost advantages while negating the traditional CNG issues of reduced power and range, and conversion costs.

The Opposed-Piston-Opposed-Cylinder opoc architecture comprises 60 percent fewer components and far less mass than conventional engines. The perfectly balanced design means smooth, quiet and virtually vibration-free operation.  The fully modular capability of opoc enables remarkable efficiency gains — as much as a 50 percent reduction in both fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Runkle also announced that Braemar Managing Director William D. Lese will join the EcoMotors Board of Directors. 

Lese has more than 27 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the energy and environmental businesses. Prior to co-founding Braemar, Lese was a partner with Mantis Holdings, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on investing in environmental and energy-efficiency companies. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and renewable Economy (NYC ACRE). He also currently serves on the boards of Coaltek, Utility Associates, CIRIS Energy, OPX Biotechnologies, Solazyme, Stion, CRB, General Fusion, Proterro, Bioformix, and is chairman of the board of Solicore, and Ioxus.