LowReeMotors, Rare earth reduction in high-performance permanent magnet electric machines is a European project led by Mondragon Unibertsitatea and MONDRAGON Corporation, featuring CEA, Valeo, Magneti Ljubljana, Montanuniversitaet Leoben and KU Leuven as partners. LowReeMotors has received funding EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union.

The main goal of LowReeMotors is to look for alternatives to the neodymium magnets currently used in electric vehicle engines. Neodymium (Nd) is considered a critical material for Europe mainly for two reasons: the raw material is almost entirely found in China, and it is estimated that demand will exceed production in a short span of time.

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Finding alternatives

for rare earth materials

The implementation of alternatives in the composition of the magnet, such as alloys containing cerium (Ce), could alleviate the need for raw materials of Nd by up to 6-10%.


for a new generation of electric machines

Designing, manufacturing and testing two different electric machines in a holistic approach that will replace existing equivalent Nd-based motors.

Strong expertise

along the value chain

Partners from all over Europe with specific Knowledge in electrical machine design in PIM feedstock development, magnet manufacturing and life cycle assessment.