GE researchers have tested the prototype of an interior permanent magnet traction motor expected to enhance the travel range for electronic vehicles and hybrids.

Traction motors is the component of the propulsion system that converts electrical energy into motion to drive hybrid and electric vehicles.

Speaking of the development GE Global Research electrical engineer at electrical machines lab Ayman El-Refaie said that the company is striving to build robust and efficient motors for hybrid and electric vehicles.

"We have built a motor that is substantially more powerful than what’s commercially available now, all while improving efficiency by up to 5%," added El-Refaie.

The development is part of the four-year, $5.6m US Department of Energy project on electronic vehicles and hybrids.

"This technology is scalable and flexible enough that it can be leveraged in a number of capacities", concluded El-Refaie.