In about a year we will be cruising the streets on “Dreem” electric kick scooters, which will be powered by innovative Domel in-wheel motors with permanent magnets. And when riding them, we will be using impact-absorbing smart helmets.
We presented this innovative solution in a European call for tenders and we were selected as the winners in the micromobility segment. Our partners in the project are the Slovenian company Elaphe, with whom we co-designed the motor, the Bumpair company, which is responsible for developing the helmets and the safety elements, and the manufacturer, Punch, which will combine the battery, motor and helmet with the scooter frame and develop a special application. Punch will develop the app using Agile methodology, and it will be available for both iOS and Android systems. The project will include (1) the scooter drivetrain, (2) inflation of helmets, (3) selection of speed mode, (4) primary information on user vehicle status, and (5) planned API integration and integration with the services of other mobility providers.
In this innovative project, the emphasis is on safety. The scooter’s stability is improved by using three wheels, two 8'' wheels in the rear and a larger 10'' wheel in front. The self-inflating helmets absorb impacts. In the event of an accident, the user GPS, connected to a motion sensor, can send a message to three telephone numbers. An audible alarm signal when the vehicle approaches an obstacle, object or pedestrian will be available as an option. The scooter will be equipped with direction indicators that can be activated without having to take your hands off the handlebars. The scooter will have a range of 50 km and will weigh just 9 kg, which is quite a bit lighter than the currently available competition (15 kg). The very powerful Domel brushless DC motor is extremely energy efficient and especially light and compact. The motor generates 350 W of power, with maximum efficiency at 90%, or 85% under normal operating conditions. The batteries will be interchangeable and will support a range of distances from 15 km to 50 km, which will allow the user to choose the optimal compromise between range and vehicle weight. The scooter will also be lockable, and will include navigation and geolocation capabilities.
As they develop, cities are becoming larger and smarter, and e-scooters are creating new opportunities for people and businesses. On average, 49% of the people in the EU use public transport to get to work and back. Moreover, the average daily commute in Europe is less than 20 km. According to initial estimates, the vehicle, which can be easily folded up and taken anytime and anywhere, will cost between EUR 500 and EUR 750.
EC Systems, a business unit operating independently since 1998 under the able leadership of Mr Lojze Demšar, stands out as one of the most successful units within the Domel company. EC Systems manages its own sales, development, technology and quality control, while central services like planning, procurement and logistics support them.
Team and Work Environment
Currently, around 70 dedicated employees are involved in EC Systems’ programmes, primarily hailing from the Selška Dolina region and the vicinity of Škofja Loka. They operate cohesively as a team, conducting regular monthly programme meetings and weekly troubleshooting sessions. The department maintains a seamless flow of information, fostering a productive working atmosphere.
At the end of each year, the sales, development and production leaders present the results of the past year and outline plans for the upcoming year to all employees, including production workers. This inclusive approach ensures that everyone understands their roles and contributions. Additionally, the team comes together twice a year for a summer picnic and a pre-New Year celebration. In the winter, some colleagues even gather for Tuesday evening football matches, strengthening their bonds outside of work.
EC Systems predominantly specializes in fume extraction systems , followed by industrial vacuum cleaners, fuel cells, washing disinfectors and printing machines. Over the last three years, they have actively engaged in hydrogen technology, offering comprehensive solutions for air supply and pumps for hydrogen recirculation. This commitment aligns with their efforts to contribute to a greener future by reducing carbon footprints and preserving the environment for future generations.
In 2023, the largest markets for EC Systems are:
EC blowers find applications wherever:
a) long lifetime is essential, with their minimum expected operational time of 20,000 hours;
b) where the absence of brush dust is required, unlike traditional vacuum units;
c) precision control is required.
The EC blower&pump product range covers various voltages (low voltage, high voltage, DC and AC), with blowers ranging up to 2,500W in power. A global EC blower has been introduced operating at 100–240V, along with CAN communication capabilities for seamless integration with other systems.
EC Systems actively fosters innovation, generating numerous proposals, some of which have received awards. Notably, two Gold Award recipients hail from this business unit.
Since July 2020, a new expansion has been in place to accommodate increased production needs.
EC Systems establish a flexible medium-volume production approach, enabling the assembly of various products within a single shift. Since 2014, they’ve operated on two shifts. This year is expected to see a production increase of approximately 10%. They produce over 300 different blower concepts, necessitating an exceptionally flexible production process.
Sales and Development
Regular market trend monitoring guides EC Systems’ sales strategy, with a focus on identifying market needs before embarking on new product development. They currently serve over 250 different customers. All aspects of product development, including electronics and motor development, are carried out in-house. The development encompasses mechanical, electrical and software aspects.
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