CPT invests £1m to boost hybrid vehicle technology development16 February 2016

Controlled Power Technologies has invested £1 million to further industrialise its CO2 and NOx reduction capabilities for the global automotive and transport sectors.

A developer of vehicle driveline electrification technology, CPT’s investment is backed by the Automotive Council and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, through the Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) programme.

Formed in 2007 to acquire Visteon’s advanced powertrain business, CPT operates from Laindon, in Essex, and from a new technical centre in Coventry.

The investment will support seven projects across both sites. The company says “a significant proportion” will be spent on new environmental chambers for durability testing of its SpeedStart and SpeedTorq motor generators for 48V hybrid vehicle applications (pictured).

“We can also test at 12 volts for micro-hybrid applications, 24 volts for truck and bus applications, in fact anything up to 60 volts,” says Paul Bloore, CPT’s product validation and functional safety manager for its hybrid product group.

He adds: “Our four-month, 2,000-hour test programme can now fully validate products designed to meet series production requirements, as well as meeting the quality, service and price standards for advanced technology demanded by the automotive industry.”

CPT says the investment in production equipment will also enable low volume manufacturing of its Cobra electric supercharger, currently being applied to a range of heavy-duty internal combustion engines and fuel cells.

Laura Cork

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