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Power controller steals a march on the electric vehicle market

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Novel power converter device developed by North East company with support from Innovate UK attracts global interest from car manufacturers.

A Gateshead compay with more than 50 years' history of expertise in motor control systems has stolen a march on competitors in the fast moving world of electric and hybrid vehicles.

When Sevcon won Innovate UK funding in late 2011 to develop an electric motor controller which could help cut truck emissions, few people saw a commercial future for electric sports cars.

Nearly five years later, the whole market looks very different. It's truly global and there seems to be no limit to the kind of vehicles that can be 'electrified'.

Sevcon's latest GEN5 on-road electric motor controller, about the size of an overgrown laptop, performs a vital role in converting power from a battery voltage to drive an electric motor.

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