GKN Driveline has been named as a key member of a new £16 million government-backed development consortium announced at LCV2013, the Low Carbon Vehicle event held at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford (UK, September 4-5)).
GKN Driveline engineers will be part of a development programme for state-of-the-art, next-generation hybrid and battery-electric powertrain technologies based on the Range Rover Evoque platform.
GKN Driveline will be providing the eTransmissions for the project, starting in October 2013. The collaboration will design, develop and build three research vehicles showcasing state-of-the-art, next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV); a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
The new £16 million government-backed development consortium, is one of the largest ever supported by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The partners include Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design Limited, AVL, Drive System Design, Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, Bristol University, Cranfield University and Newcastle University.
Rob Rickell said,
“This is an interesting project that will help shape the future of eDrive technology. We are committed to help our customers meet their customers’ requirements now and for the future. This kind of project is very exciting for us and with engineering at the heart of GKN we are looking forward to providing innovative solutions.”
Source; GKN Driveline