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Spotlight on Cenex LCV2012 exhibitors: Ricardo – latest low carbon vehicle technology

Ricardo is active in the development of intelligent mobility systems

At LCV2012 Ricardo will demonstrate a range of vehicles and exhibits which show some of the advanced low carbon research projects in which the company is involved.

Ricardo provides a wide range of products and services based on its proactive and strategically targeted research and development efforts. Ricardo can, for example, design and develop from scratch electric and hybrid vehicle systems, from electric motors and range extender APUs to power electronics modules and control systems, and from cost-effective energy management technologies – including its own Kinergy high-speed flywheel device – through to lightweight, energy-efficient vehicle architectures.

The company is also active in the development of intelligent mobility systems, the most recent example of which was in collaboration with Volvo and other European partners on the Ricardo-led SARTRE project to demonstrate a practical implementation of road train technology aimed at improving both safety and fuel efficiency on the public highway.

Among the research vehicles to feature at the LCV2012 show will be the Volvo XC60 EV, a Ricardo demonstrator, and a Land Rover Freelander RE-EV, a range-extended EV demonstrator powered by a Ricardo-designed APU based on the Fiat TwinAir engine.

The outcomes of two Technology Strategy Board partnerships will also be on show: the Hyboost, a project to demonstrate the benefits of extreme engine downsizing through the implementation of intelligent electrification – developed in collaboration with Controlled Power Technologies, the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, Ford, Imperial College London and Valeo – and the Syner-D vehicle, developed with JLR, Valeo, SKF, Lontra and Shell, that targets cost-effective CO2 reduction in a premium segment diesel vehicle, and has delivered a demonstrator offering approximately 30 percent CO2 reduction while meeting Euro 6 emissions with uncompromised driveability.

In addition to the vehicle displays, Ricardo plans to show a range of exhibits at LCV2012 illustrating its work in ITS systems, electric vehicle architectures, including a Ricardo APU, the Ricardo generic battery management system, power electronics modules and energy storage systems.

Find out more by visiting Ricardo at the
Cenex LCV2012 event at Millbrook, 5 & 6 September 2012