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UQM Technologies Receives U.S. Patent on Rotor Geometry for Permanent Magnet Electric Motors


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Frederick, CO -- UQM Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: UQM), a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced today that it has been granted United States patent number 7,598,645 entitled "Stress distributing permanent magnet rotor geometry for electric machines." The patent covers a novel rotor geometry that minimizes magnet content and maximizes the speed capability of the motor. The reduction in the amount of magnet material enabled under this patent is expected to result in lower production costs for electric propulsion systems for passenger automobiles.

"This patented geometry continues our longstanding efforts to minimize the magnet content and lower the production cost of our electric machines. We are pleased by the breadth of protection provided by this patent," said Jon Lutz, UQM Technologies’ Vice President of Technology. "This award is another step in our ongoing technology development activities direct toward maintaining our leadership position in efficiency, power density and torque delivery."

UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of power dense, high efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, military and industrial markets. A major emphasis of the Company is developing products for the alternative energy technologies sector including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries and distributed power generation applications. The Company’s headquarters, engineering and product development center, and motor manufacturing operation are located in Frederick, Colorado. For more information on the Company, please visit its worldwide website at www.uqm.com.

This Release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. These statements appear in a number of places in this Release and include statements regarding our plans, beliefs or current expectations, including those plans, beliefs and expectations of our officers and directors with respect to, among other things, orders to be received under our supply agreement with Coda, our ability to comply with the necessary conditions to access the Department of Energy award, our ability to successfully expand our manufacturing facilities and the continued growth of the electric-powered vehicle industry. Important Risk Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements are contained in our Form 10-Q filed November 5, 2009, which is available through our website at www.uqm.com or at www.sec.gov.



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