Ashwoods Automotive’s Hybrid Drive system has been shortlisted in the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) Award for Automotive Innovation 2011. The award, now in its second year and sponsored by GKN Driveline, showcases the cutting-edge R&D work currently taking place in the UK automotive industry.
The Hybrid Drive system is designed for integration into panel vans and works by recovering the energy normally wasted during braking and deceleration, storing it in a battery and then reintroducing it into the drivetrain. Fuel savings of up to 20 per cent are claimed. It currently works off the rear differential, but Ashwoods is looking to develop a version for front-wheel drive vans.
“The calibre of entries for this year’s award reflects the strength of the automotive sector and the value of investing in new products and technologies,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “I am delighted that UK automotive has again demonstrated it is world-class in the fields of product development and design and I look forward to judging the winner of this year’s award.”
The winner will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 22 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
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