Under the contract, which could produce up to $50 million of revenue through 2020, Sevcon, who has been working with the supplier for some time, will design, manufacture and supply an advanced motor controller for a new line of hybrid electric 4-door sedans. Sevcon expects initial prototypes for fleet test vehicles to be available in June 2015. Thereafter, Sevcon will supply controllers as ordered by the customer, with production shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.
“Following last month’s announcement of our Chinese joint venture’s first success, signing this contract with a respected Tier-1 supplier in the Far East is another milestone for our growing on-road electric vehicle business in the Asia Pacific region,” said Sevcon President and CEO Matt Boyle. “It is also an example of how our electrification focus is enabling us to capitalize on the global automotive industry’s transition from internal combustion to hybrid electric drivetrain technology. One of the first variants of the new generation of products that we plan to roll out over the next several years, this controller is designed to provide the advanced motor control functionality required for hybrid electric passenger car applications, while also complying with the latest EV safety requirements.”
About Sevcon, Inc.
Sevcon is a world leader in the design and manufacture of controls for zero emission electric and hybrid vehicles. The controls are used to vary the speed and movement of vehicles, to integrate specialized functions and to optimize the energy consumption of the vehicle’s power source. The Company supplies customers throughout the world from its operations in the USA, the U.K., France, China and the Asia Pacific region and through an international dealer network. Sevcon’s customers are manufacturers of on and off-road vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, fork lift trucks, aerial lifts, mining vehicles, airport tractors, sweepers and other electrically powered vehicles.