The Lynch Motor (Lynch, LEMCO, Agni, Perm) Timeline

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A funny thing happens when you tell people you’re writing a book.  You get all sorts of information.  The legacy of the Lynch motor is probably worthy of it’s own book, but in my sample chapter I alluded to as how it was a complex story.  It’s even more complex than I’d suspected, and I really only know a very tiny bit of it.. but the first step is a timeline.  So here it is, the timeline of the Lynch motor:

Lynch Motor (Lynch, LEMCO, Agni, Perm) Timeline
1979 Cedric Lynch enters competition sponsored by Lucas and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with prototype “disc-armature” motor
1983 Cedric Lynch enters UK Battery Electric Vehicle Society competition
1985-86 Lynch seeks backing for motor production, gets backed by London Innovations (tech-stimulus branch of the Greater London Council)
1986 London Innovations registers patents for motor under Cedric Lynch’s name
~1986 (?) Richard Fletcher (London Innovations) founds Lynch Motor Co., seeks funding and production (?)
1986-89 London Innovation backs Lynch and teams with Cupex (French motor company), attempt manufacturing development of motor
late 1988 Fletcher approaches Hotex Engineering (Trevor Lees) for manufacturing development following failure of Cupex arrangement. Hotex develops manufacturing prototype in two months
1989 Trevor Lees resigns Hotex Engineering, joins Lynch Motor Co. Lees becomes minor shareholder in Lynch Motor Co.
1989 London Innovation secures limited funding from Powergen for Lynch Motor Co.
~1990 Cupex charged with patent infringement, case is dropped by Lynch Motors after lengthy and costly legal delays
Cupex closes French company, Perm opens in Germany producing Perm 132 motor (Lynch does not pursue infringement suits)
1993 Lynch Motor Company, described as a division of London Innovation, starts production of Lynch motors in Devon factory
1996 Cedric Lynch and Trevor Lees leave Lynch Motor Co. and found LEMCO (Lynch Electric Motor CO.) with Asmo (Swiss company backed by a Danish multinational corporation (J P Hansen Group Aarhus Denmark), using Lynch motors)
Legal battle starts with London Innovation vs Lees and Lynch
Final resolution of dispute: Lynch Intellectual Property Ltd, jointly owned 50% by London Innovation/Lynch Motor Company Ltd and 50% by LEMCO.  LEMCO was owned by Cedric Lynch (15%)   Lees (15%) and 70% by J P Hansen Group
1997 Briggs and Stratton buys limited licensing of Lynch motor design for development for the floor care, agricultural machinery, and golf car market
1998 Lees and Lynch close LEMCO, buy Lynch Motor Co. from London Innovations
2002 Cedric Lynch leaves Lynch Motors Co, Agni Motors is founded
2009 Agni Motors fields race motorcycle in the first IOM TTXGP. The Team Agni bike (“Agni X01”) finishes in first place, piloted by Rob Barber with a time of 25:53:50 and an average speed of 87.434mph

I’m still waiting for a final confirmation of a few details, so I’ll update it if there are any corrections needed.  I’m not sure how much of this I’ll put into the book, but there does seem to be one important thing…  this is so similar to so many stories in the innovation of new technology.  You could almost call it a case study.

One of the details that I did learn was that the currently available Lynch motor, from the UK company, is identical to the Agni, and they try to stay out of each other’s way out of a mutual, and gentlemanly, respect.  Now that’s different.

See more about the book here, on the Kickstarter page: Power in Flux – The History of Electric Motorcycles

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