Oxfordshire-based Saietta Group says that rising global demand for its electric motor products means that it will expand its manufacturing footprint in Britain and create up to 250  new jobs over the next 3-5 years.

A new plant will produce electric motors to power everything from scooters to buses, the company says. 

Bringing 150-250 jobs in the area over the next three to five years, the new sustainable plant will be powered by solar panels. It will be funded by a fresh investment round.

Saietta's radical, lightweight motor has played its part in setting world speed records for electric powered aircraft and boats, as well as launching the first manned electric helicopter flight and powering the first Isle of Man TT Zero victory.

Continuing the roll out of its radical Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motors to the mass electric vehicle (EV) market, the UK company plans to sell its technology under licence in Asia and the rest of the world.

AFT technology can be used in all mobility solutions, from scooters to buses. Saietta says it is seen globally as one of the most disruptive EV technology businesses in the world, and lists leading OEMs as its clients today.

Former Goldman Sachs MD Emmanuel Clair has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the company.

Wicher Kist, Chief Executive Officer Saietta Group, said: "We have now reached the point at which the last three years of planning can be realised. To have seen market demand increase so significantly means that a new round of funding will allow us to capitalise on the wave of vehicles that will be entering development soon."

"The appointment of Emmanuel Clair is a natural step in our evolution and signals that we have the impetus to deliver transformative solutions for mass-market EVs. Emmanuel and I have worked together successfully for the last three years and we can finally start to roll out our technology, and clean up the air in large cities around the world. The new round of funding will allow us to fast track our deployment."

A prominent investor and Board Advisor at Saietta since 2017, thee company said Clair has decades of relevant experience in engineering, investment and renewable industries.

Clair also worked for French utility giant EDF for eight years, followed by 12 years with Goldman Sachs where he was managing director of three separate energy trading desks in London.

Clair said: "I have been watching the growth of e-mobility for the last five years, and my decision to accept the role at Saietta Group is a commitment to the company's potential, which I think will be transformative to the entire mobility industry."

Saietta Group says it specialises in propulsion motors for a broad range of electric vehicles (EVs) and has engineered break-through, patent-protected, axial-flux motor tech. It is branded AFT (axial flux traction) and is modular in design, meaning high and low voltage e-motor solutions can be provided from scooters to buses, it claims.