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Old 08-07-2019, 10:03 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by rob.e View Post
does anyone have any more info on this?

Seems like a great idea to retro-fit electric assistance to any FWD vehicle.

Where did the pricing comment come from (page 1) saying this was $10k? I can't find any info on the web with pricing?

FWIW i'm also "following" orbis on face book and i've asked if there is any more news since the flurry of info after SEMA show.

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ok so i got a response from their FB page, yes $10k for two wheels, all production fully allocated for 2019 so if you want anything it'll be next year.

This is a great concept, but i'm out - as a mod to improve mpg it'd take a very long time to recoup your 10k investment.. shame as i really like this approach.
If you drive a lot I imagine it would not take that long, depending on the vehicle. Your mpg could double or even triple if most of your driving is in the city.

Here is an email that I got from the company. It is just a generic copy and paste response:

Thank you for your email and interest in ORBIS and our Ring-Drive system. We are excited to bring the technology to the retail market.

Since our “debut” at SEMA last October, we have been engaged by a large commercial entity to develop an integrated AWD platform. As we are a start-up with very limited resources, we have been forced to focus on this project and are temporarily shelving a direct-to-consumer retrofit kit. We hope to offer a “universal” kit for both FWD and RWD vehicles in the next year or so but currently I do not have exact specs or a list of which vehicles it will work with. Currently, however, we are working exclusively with a 19”x 8” wheel, if that helps.

As soon as we move closer towards bringing the technology to market, we will be able to answer more specific questions on an individual basis, including which vehicles and which markets we will be able to serve.

In addition, as we establish manufacturing, we will be looking to engage with potential licensing and distribution partners.

I will be sure to keep your email address and notify you in advance of a public announcement, whenever that should occur.

Thank you for your interest and understanding.

Best regards,

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