Electrojet Produces Cleaner Emissions
China approved European emissions standards in July of 2007 which put Electrojet, Inc. on a mission to ensure cleaner emissions.
There are two Chinese “scooters” on the dynamometers, not far away stands a prototype all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and also the “to do” project list are parts for an un-piloted reconnaissance aircraft for the Defense Department.
For the four full-time and two co-op employees at ElectroJet Inc., an engineering design firm based in Brighton, Mich., the work just keeps pouring in. “Our recent new customer demand necessitated the hiring of more employees to handle the work,” said Kyle Schwulst ‘02, owner and president of ElectroJet. “Between the projects in China, military projects and other U.S. projects we need a fair number of people to manage all the work,” he added.
Despite the work load, the engineering team is having a blast in this fledgling company. In-house testing, the flexibility to design new systems without going through corporate channels and the freedom to think outside the box of current manufacturing constraints make the work exciting. It’s also fun – especially when they get to test drive the projects.
Currently being tested, both on the dynamometers and in the woods, are a prototype ATV engine for Arctic Cat and two versions of Motochu 150cc “scooters” common in China. “We’re up to our fourth revision of engine controllers for this ATV,” said Schwulst, “this latest version will incorporate all of ElectroJet’s latest refinements including real-time calibration.”
The Motochu 150cc scooters include a “ride on” style – more like a tradition motorcycle, and a “step-through.” “They are manufactured for $550 and sell for about $600,” said Schwulst of the Chinese products. “It’s hard to add to that purchase price with expensive emissions controls devices. Our product adds only about $20 to the cost which is still affordable in China,” he explained.
The ElectroJet product is an electronic fuel injection system for small engines designed to help manufacturers of ATVs, lawn mowers, scooter and small motorcycles meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards for 2010.
Schwulst has secured the Chinese version of his U.S. patents for the post-production fuel injection system giving him a distinct market advantage in a country where 20 million motorcycles and scooters are made every year.