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Friday, 1 July 2011

Investment boost for green car technology

University of East Anglia
July 1, 2011

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund, based at the University of East Anglia, has invested £400,000 in new automotive technologies designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has developed a range of products to help car makers meet tightening legislation on CO2 emissions by making the car significantly more fuel efficient, through mild electric hybridisation without the need to redesign the car or the car engine. The Essex-based specialists have a range of products currently in development including:

VTES is an electric supercharger which eliminates ‘turbo-lag’ – the delay between hitting the accelerator and boosting speed. Turbo-lag is experienced by drivers of cars with less powerful engines, but fitting VTES eradicates this problem and can make a 1.2 litre car feel like a 2 litre car. The technology is designed to help persuade drivers to choose cars with smaller engines, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It can be fitted by vehicle manufacturers to both new and existing cars - petrol and diesel - at relatively low cost. The product is currently being trialled by a number of leading car manufacturers and could be available to drivers as early as 2012.

SpeedStart is similarly an ultra-fast highly-programmable micro-hybrid electric motor which allows the engine to be turned off in intermittent traffic but re-starts quickly and unobtrusively, rapidly responding to driver change-of-mind during stop events. It also provides very efficient energy generation and recuperation during braking.
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