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Controlled expansion

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), the UK-based micro-hybrid vehicle powertrain technology specialist, has created a new subsidiary and taken on more sales and technical staff to accelerate the production launches of its CO2 reduction technologies, which includes two production ready OEM systems for making gasoline and diesel engines more fuel efficient.

The registration of Controlled Power Technologies Germany - a wholly owned subsidiary of UK based Controlled Power Technologies - and the appointment of Dirk Zepp as the company’s first German sales manager reflects its increased level of activity with German carmakers. As a qualified engineer, Zepp has gained considerable experience with Tier 1 powertrain suppliers including Delphi, Magneti Marelli, Valeo and Still, and in the UK is joined by seven other professional automotive engineers being recruited to handle an increased number of client projects.

“The registration of a subsidiary in Germany indicates the strategic significance of projects underway there and will enable CPT to develop an appropriate customer support infrastructure in the future,” says CPT chief executive officer Nick Pascoe. “The next step in this development plan was the appointment of Dirk Zepp, who adds to our business management capacity and understanding of the German automotive industry, enhances our customer communication, and places us much closer to important vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. We have at the same time expanded our technical team in the UK, which relates to an increased number of client projects and engineering programmers throughout Europe and worldwide.”

After almost three years of developing the market for its electric supercharger and stop-start technology, CPT sees exhaust gas energy recovery as the next major advance in the continuing hybridization and development of more efficient powertrains and is recruiting two engineers to join the research project known as VIPER or ‘Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery’, which is part funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board. The project incorporates the company’s turbo-generator integrated gas energy recovery system known as TIGERS. The VIPER project aims to show how a reduction in CO2 emissions can be achieved over a broad range of vehicles in part by optimizing the control of heat energy from conventional gasoline and diesel engines. 

Other newly recruited engineers will join teams working on client projects related to the company’s production-ready VTES electric supercharger and SpeedStart stop-start system, which have been incorporated in a number of technology demonstrator vehicles for critical assessment by global and regional carmakers. The additional engineering capacity will also support a number of product extensions including higher voltage and specific application variants such as transient emission reduction and after-treatment solutions for diesel engines.

CPT’s VTES, SpeedStart and TIGERS systems all employ switched reluctance electric motor-generator technology, which offers many performance advantages over permanent magnet based motor technology and avoids recently reported concerns about the availability of permanent magnets produced from rare earth materials. The recent availability of low cost low voltage power electronic devices has further advanced the development of these evolutionary powerful electric boosting, stop-start and exhaust energy technologies, which avoid the cost, weight and packaging penalties of a full hybrid or high voltage electric vehicle. CPT, moreover, has engineered compact, controllable and versatile series production solutions and is able to manufacture using industry standard processes and materials.

4 November 2010


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