PML Flightlink

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PML Flightlink were a Hampshire based firm specialising in the design and manufacture of "pancake" (flat) electric motors. The company operated for over 30 years in a number of markets including defense, aerospace, mobility, motion control, processing and printing.[1] In 2006, they demonstrated an in-wheel electric motor for cars called the Hi-Pa Drive at the British Motor Show in London, using a Mini dubbed the "Mini QED" as a demonstration object.[2] Two other car manufacturers have also presented concept cars using this technology: Volvo in its Volvo ReCharge, and Ford with a Ford F150 pick-up prototype presented at the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.[3]

Administration and split[edit]

On 28 November 2008 by UK court order PML was put into administration[4] (insolvency handling in the UK similar to Chapter 11). After the court case, PML was split in two in 2009: Protean Electric continue to develop automotive in-wheel motor applications of the Hi-Pa Drive; and Printed Motor Works design and manufacture Printed Armature/Pancake electric motors, joysticks and drive systems.[5]


  1. ^ PML Flightlink company website.
  2. ^ "British Motor Show: Modified hybrid Mini promises 640bhp performance", Channel 4, July 19, 2006.
  3. ^ "Ford's Electric F-150: A Radical Rethink of an American Icon", SEMA eNews, Vol. 11, No. 44, Oct 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "Oak Investment Partners XII, Ltd. Partnership v Boughtwood & Ors, Court of Appeal - Chancery Division, EWHC 176 (Ch)". vLex. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Pancake motor maker does the splits". Drives & Controls. July 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)