elemental motors

Disruptive Innovation is Finally Here

The Elemental Motor is a departure from conventional magnetics. It’s gone back to basic physics, then over a decade, re-evolved in successive topologies to produce far higher torque densities and a smaller, lighter, simpler, low-cost, and refined high-performance motor. It is particularly well suited to applications requiring high continuous torque where, historically, gear reduction has been required.


Motors have long been considered to be well understood. Critical insights and improvements have been made. However, modern motors are essentially improvements to the same motor Nikola Tesla brilliantly invented around 1887.

The Elemental Motor is different in several critical ways: 

  1. It uses 3-dimensional flux flow to fold high shear area into a smaller space with a high average diameter, emulating a larger and heavier motor. 

  2. It concentrates the field of high energy magnets into even higher field levels to develop higher shear. 

  3. The Elemental motor then uses a concept known as Transverse Flux to reduce electrical resistance to as little as 1/100th.


These and many other smaller developments have led to a motor with performance so differentiated as to evoke disbelief from experienced motor designers.

Meet The Team

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Founder & CEO

David Calley, the inventor and CEO of Elemental Motors, has worked internationally on sustainability. Prior to creating The Elemental Motor, his technical areas include wind turbine design, solar, electric vehicles, electric flight, prosthetic limb and disabled person vehicles, truck aerodynamics, and of course electric motor design and manufacturing. He currently is the CEO for Planet Rider, LLC where he oversees the development of a human powered, electric vehicle, and heads the team on electric motor design and manufacturing as the CEO at Elemental Motors.

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Chief Engineer

Charlie has been with the company since 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Physics from Northern Arizona University. He believes that together we can make a positive change in the world.



Head of Operations

Kyle has been part of the team since 2015. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University. He believes in Elemental Motors' mission to make a meaningful impact on the world and couldn't be happier to be on board with some of the best people around.



Lead Electrical Engineer

Seth Perkins has been on the team since 2017. He studied Electrical Engineering at Northern Arizona University. He wants to be a factor in the world's conversion to electrically powered means of transportation.



Electrical Engineer

Luis joined the Elemental Motors team in August of 2021. He graduated from NAU with a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering. Luis enjoys getting outdoors when the weather gets warmer in Norther Arizona.




Carter joined the Elemental Motors team in January of 2022. He received his Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Parks and Recreation Management from NAU. Carter enjoys mountain biking and working on bikes in his free time, and was a bicycle mechanic for several years after college. He brings this love of tinkering to his new role in the shop.



Office Manager

​Caleb joined the Elemental Motors team in March of 2022. He has over a decade of experience in team leadership and project management. Caleb brings an attention to detail and focus to the team. He enjoys hiking, camping, and going to the creek with his wife and son.

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