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Bemidji Pioneer
TEAM Industries, Fallbrook Technologies partner
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

TEAM Industries, along with technology development company Fallbrook Technologies, have announced their partnership to develop electric vehicle transmission prototypes.


The first initiative under the agreement is for the Tomberlin Anvil, a street-legal Neighborhood Electric Vehicle offering a range of more than 40 miles.

"We are equally committed to improve both the performance and battery life of electric vehicles," said Rob Smithson, Fallbrook's vice president of business development and chief technology officer. "Our NuVinci product line is ideal for this purpose, and designed to allow an electric car motor to operate in a more efficient manner by continuously optimizing the electric powertrain for driving conditions."

Production of the resulting powertrain will occur at TEAM Industries' Minnesota-based facilities. "Working with Fallbrook on this initiative makes perfect sense for us," said Tony Passanante, senior director of marketing and strategic Planning for TEAM Industries. "Our core competency is designing and manufacturing systems that transmit power and put it to work quietly and efficiently."

Unlike conventional gear and clutch transmissions, the NuVinci continuously variable planetary transmission uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of the transmission that tilt to vary the speed of the transmission resulting in a seamless and continuous transition to any ratio within its range.

"TEAM Industries is committed to developing innovative products that advance electric vehicle driveline systems," said Passanante.

"We're continually searching for leading suppliers capable of providing technologies to make our eco-friendly automobiles more compelling and exciting than anything else like it on the market," said Michael Tomberlin, CEO of Tomberlin. "That means offering improved hill climbing, acceleration and towing capacity as well as other rider benefits in our vehicles. Developing systems that enable electric vehicles to enhance performance is a key step towards achieving that goal, thus we are very pleased to support the Fallbrook-TEAM development initiative for that reasons.

TEAM Industries has six locations in Minnesota and North Carolina and is headquartered in Bagley. TEAM has been developing performance and reliability enhancing components for original equipment manufacturers since 1967. For details, visit or

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Fallbrook Technologies Inc. focuses on improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for vehicles and equipment.

Fallbrook Technologies has built an extensive portfolio of more than 375 patents and patent applications worldwide. More information is available at

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