Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Universal Transmission?
The Universal Transmission is a platform technology that has applications in multiple industries. A high-torque, positively engaged, infinitely variable transmission is a concept that has intrigued researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with respect to wind energy as well as many top transmission manufacturer engineers. The Universal Transmission is the world's first and only positively engaged, infinitely variable transmission (PE-IVT) and could reduce America's dependence upon foreign oil by 40% or better. The working CAD prototype shows a transmission with an engaged neutral that requires no traditional clutch or torque converter. In wind power applications, its synchronous feature eliminates the need for a power converter.
- Why is it called the Universal Transmission?
Because it is completely scale-able and is adaptable to virtually all applications from electric vehicles including SUVs to heavy equipment and tanks, from ships to wind turbines (windmills).
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- How is the Universal Transmission unique?
- It's truly infinitely variable -- always operating in the "sweet spot".
- It's constantly engaged.
- It doesn't use friction to change gears.
- It has metal gears that always remain engaged, giving maximum performance.
- It never disconnects the engine from the load like standard or automatic transmissions currently do.
- It requires no clutch or torque converter, which reduces parts and expense.
- It is synchronous and requires no power converter for wind turbines.
- It's green. The fuel savings alone is enough to dramatically reduce pollutants, reduce effects from fossil fuels, and encourage energy independence. The effect on our air, water, land and economy could be dramatic as the Universal Transmission makes electric and hybrid cars a reality in not only passenger vehicles, but large trucks as well. Regarding wind energy – it has the potentially to dramatically improve the efficiency and reliability of gearboxes in wind turbines.
- Is there a working model of the Universal Transmission?
Yes. VMT has metal proof models as well as fully working 3D CAD (computer-aided design) prototypes. The right strategic partner will put this into a functioning, in-vehicle and/or in-turbine prototypes.
- Why do you refer to the Universal Transmission as "the ultimate in green technology?"
The Universal Transmission might be one of the most green technologies ever invented. Wind power is one of the cleanest, greenest technologies on the planet. Making wind energy more efficient, more attainable, and more profitable will have a significant impact on global fuel consumption. Making vehicles more fuel efficient will dramatically reduce pollutants, reduce effects from fossil fuels and encourage energy independence. The effect on our air, water, land and economy could be dramatic as the Universal Transmission makes electric and hybrid cars an affordable reality in not only passenger vehicles, but also large trucks as well.
- What types of transmissions can the Universal Transmission replace?
If a transmission requires disengagement of gears to reach a higher gear, or requires a belt to connect to the drive train, or uses friction to reach a higher gear, the Universal Transmission should replace it. That is most transmissions. It also replaces the expensive electric controller in hybrids and electric vehicles making them competitive. In wind energy, the Universal Transmission is projected to be more adaptive to varying wind speeds and the stresses put on traditional gearboxes.
- How will the Universal Transmission change the semi truck industry?
With this new transmission, drivers never need to change gears because the Universal Transmission has no clutch. Not only will truckers not need to shift gears but will also have the ratios needed to take their heaviest loads up an incline with ease. It should also result in reduced maintenance costs and fewer operator errors. By installing the Universal Transmission in semi trucks, the U.S. will realize its greatest reduction in gasoline consumption because trucks account for about half of all gasoline or diesel consumed for transportation.
- Billions of dollars have been spent over decades by transmission makers trying to create a transmission that was truly infinitely variable, clutchless, constantly engaged and didn't use friction to change gears. How did VMT finally figure out how to do it?
Such is the nature of invention, innovation, and being willing to entertain a major engineering paradigm shift. . We're fortunate to have an inventor with great knowledge of gears but, even more important, a great passion for solving difficult problems. That passion has led to a determination to find a solution. He'll be the first to tell you, however, that anything truly unique in invention emanates from something beyond himself. Invention truly is 10% inspiration after 90% perspiration.
- Why is the Universal Transmission considered "disruptive technology?"
It's the first ever positively engaged, infinitely variable transmission. As such, it has the potential to eventually replace many of the existing transmissions, including automatic and manual transmissions, as well as the relatively new constantly variable transmission (CVT). In the wind energy industry, it is durable, synchronous, direct with its transference of power, scale-able to a variety of sizes, and has the potential to replace most existing gearboxes.
- How will the Universal Transmission change the hybrid (electric) vehicle industry?
The Universal Transmission will bring these 7 changes to the hybrid vehicle industry:
- Make the electric/hybrid cars competitively priced with standard vehicles.
- Eliminate the expensive electric controller (used to regulate the amps being drawn out of a battery) in all electronic cars.
- Greatly reduce the size of the battery necessary to power hybrid vehicles.
- Increase battery life.
- Move the electric motor to its "designed rpms" (meaning it will always being running at optimal efficiency).
- Allow for the production of even lighter weight hybrid vehicles (increased performance and economy).
- Allow for the production of larger hybrid vehicles, including SUVs and mid-size trucks because they will have a transmission with an engaged neutral that can handle greater torque right out of neutral. For example, a hybrid engine could be installed in a Ford F350.
- How will the Universal Transmission make an impact on the wind energy market?
The Universal Transmission (W-10, for wind power gearboxes) is speculated to overcome many of the concerns facing turbine manufacturers, namely:
- Variable wind input causes wear
- Increases down time
- Creates more capital replacements
- Erratic wind speeds result in erratic energy production
- Creating a dependence on power converters
- Resulting in less efficient means of transferring energy
The Universal Transmission adjusts for variable winds by changing ratios, reducing down time, creating fewer capital replacements, eliminating the power converter (estimated to be 7% of overall turbine cost), and creating a synchronous output reducing cost associated with generator.
Bottom line, the Universal Transmission reduces risks and increases profits.
- What does the VMT in your company name stand for?
Vernier Moon Torque.