by: Melissa Repko
Fort Worth-based Linear Labs wants to put its electric motors into everything from scooters to air conditioners — and it wants to make them in North Texas.
The startup opened a new lab and headquarters earlier this year, and it has signed deals with eight companies. It plans to hire more engineers and build a facility to test different approaches to manufacturing next year.
With electric cars and other kinds of electrification, steps toward a better battery often steal the spotlight. Linear Labs is focused on another piece of the puzzle: developing a less expensive, more powerful electric motor.
Linear Lab’s CEO and co-founder Brad Hunstable said the company’s motor could increase the range of electric-powered modes of transportation, such as e-bikes. It could also lower their cost, so more customers consider buying electric-powered cars, industrial equipment and more.
He said the motor is a timely step toward green energy. “Last time I checked, the world isn’t getting any colder,” he said.