YAN Engines’ CEO, Lu Yan, pitched to a panel of judges from South By Southwest Industrial Technology Pitch Competition on March 14 hosted by Holt Ventures, Caterpillar Ventures, Brick & Mortar Ventures, and Cottonwood Technology Fund. Out of over 60 applicants and 5 finalists, we were awarded as the winner in the Advanced Seed Stage.
This is our second major award at the SXSW conference. Congrats to our team!
Click through below for a short video excerpt from the Caterpillar and Holt Ventures Industrial Technology Pitch Competition.
In their most recent quarterly magazine, Ricardo has published a piece entitled “Development of the YAN Engines high-efficiency D-Cycle engine concept”. Ricardo provided crucial support in advanced simulation and optimization as well as technical guidance and expertise. Click here to view the article and here for more Ricardo Quarterly issues.
Yan Engines announced today that it has finalized and frozen its design for a prototype in the passenger vehicle segment. The Differential Stroke-Cycle (D-Cycle) modification to a Ford Ecoboost 1.0L engine marks the first of its kind for a modern, mass produced engine.
The 1.0L Ecoboost is one of the most advanced, fuel efficient engines in the world, winning International Engine of the Year every year since it was first produced in 2012. “We challenged ourselves to improve upon the best and expect gains that can’t go unnoticed,” said Lu Yan, CEO and one of the founders of Yan Engines. “Our collaboration with Ricardo shows we should achieve close to an additional 20% fuel efficiency from our retrofit with the potential to reach 30% if we implemented some of our next generation technologies like our continuously variable electronic D-Cycle.”
This development work has resulted in an additional two patent filings and a new execution of the mechanism that adds robustness, ease of manufacturing and the capability to integrate future generations of the D-Cycle.
Yan Engines was the SXSW Eco Award winner for the 2015 Startup Showcase in the Energy category.
The pitch competition included a field of over 400 entrants, with 8 in each category invited to the pitch. Judges selected the winners based on what companies offer the most promising solutions to the challenges facing society and the environment today.
As the winner, Yan Engines was awarded the coveted white bison for 2015. Watch founder and CEO, Lu Yan, pitch at SXSW Eco…
YAN Engines announced today that it recently opened up a UK subsidiary to lead design and development of engines for the passenger vehicle segment. We raised additional project-based funding to be deployed specifically for this segment. The team will be led by Greg Simmons and James Glover, two all-star engineers from the motorsports industry.
According to co-founder, Lu Yan, “Our UK group will help get our retrofit energy efficient engines into passenger vehicles that will benefit consumers on many fronts – financially, certainly, but also environmentally while improving driving performance and experience.”
We’re officially announcing our success thus far with our R&D project for the US Military, with over 40 successful engine starts. The engine has been holding steady idle, and increasing to speeds equivalent to the operating range of the baseline engine. We look forward to additional contractual support and collaboration from our military counterparts who have been instrumental in bringing the D-Cycle to market.