Ricardo Ready To Demonstrate Its Low Carbon Vehicle Technologies

Various demonstrator vehicles and exhibits will provide insights into some of the advanced research projects in which the green technology company Ricardo is involved, as it helps to develop innovations that will enable the next generation of low carbon vehicles. These demonstrators and exhibits will be showcased at the LCV2012 show this September.

LCV2012, for Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2012, is a low and ultra-low carbon vehicle and technology exhibition showcasing the innovative R&D from the UK’s leading automotive technology companies and universities. Cenex, the UK’s first centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, will host this 5th annual Event on September 5th & 6th at the Millbrook Proving Ground, Millbrook, Bedfordshire.

Ricardo has long been involved in engineering as clean technology developers and innovators. Ricardo designs and develops 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 based on this popular Volvo SUV, 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 fruits 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 a 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 drivability.