Zhongding and EcoMotors activate their partnership to commercialize OPOC engine

Zhongding Holding (Group) Company, Ltd. and EcoMotors International have activated their partnership (established in 2010, earlier post) to develop and commercialize the opposed-piston, opposed cylinder (opoc) engine for both power-generation and vehicle applications.

This important contract with EcoMotors is an expression of our commitment to bringing advanced products to our customers in the near future. To this end we are—with support from both our provincial and national governmental bodies—actively moving toward our objective of a state-of-the-art opoc engine manufacturing facility in Anhui Province.

— Xia Ding Hu, Chairman of Zhongding Holding (Group) Co., Ltd

EcoMotors’s primary investor, Khosla Ventures’ Vinod Khosla, sees the EcoMotors - Zhongding alliance as a reflection of the compelling “maintech” relevance of OPOC to emerging markets.

The only truly disruptive technologies are those that can provide not only rapid payback but also economic and carbon benefits in large and rapidly growing markets such as China without the need for subsidies or massive infrastructure investments. Among next-generation propulsion systems, the opoc engine is broadly applicable and can provide lower carbon emissions than almost any other technology.

—Vinod Khosla

The Zhongding Holding (Group) Co., Ltd. is a large Tier 1 automotive supplier which includes Zhongding USA, based in Monroe, Michigan.

The two lead investors in EcoMotors are Khosla Ventures and Bill Gates.


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