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SatCon to develop hybrid electric vehicle technology for U.S. Army

Posted: 24 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power electronics? hybrid electric vehicles? magnetorheological fluid technology?

SatCon Technology Corp., a provider of critical powering solutions, has received $1.5 million worth of contracts from the U.S. Army to develop novel power electronics and advanced materials technologies for hybrid electric vehicles.

The first objective of this project is to demonstrate the cost and reliability benefits of SiC-based inverters for hybrid electric vehicles. The second goal is for a continuously variable transmission that employs SatCon's patent pending magnetorheological fluid technology for use with in-wheel motors used in hybrid electric vehicles.

"These contracts are concentrated on developing new materials that can be used to improve vehicle performance in harsh environments while reducing overall costs," said David Eisenhaure, SatCon's president and CEO. "Designing technologies for the harsh environment of fighting vehicles will facilitate the development of technologies available for future commuter vehicles like fuel cell or hydrogen based alternative fuel vehicles," Eisenhaure explains.

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