QinetiQ and NexxtDrive to co-operate on hybrid electric drives

Existing Civil and military hybrid six wheelers from QinetiQ

June 28, 2007 It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of the newly announced collaboration between QinetiQ and NexxtDrive on hybrid drive technologies. Hybrid drive products and underlying technologies are relevant to QinetiQ’s work on improving the energy efficiency of military vehicles where the growing power demands of the sophisticated electronic systems used are in conflict with the military requirement for extended range and maximising operational capability, while operating away from logistical support. NexxtDrive’s transmission systems combine the functionality of continuously variable drives with powerful motor/generators and a look through the company’s patent portfolio means there’s a lot more synergy to be found once they start working together.

QinetiQ has extensive expertise and products in the military application for hybrid propulsion technologies. NexxtDrive has developed a portfolio of patents in the field of energy efficient transmissions which have attracted strong interest in the automotive and off-highway industry..

“We always seek to work with truly innovative companies – especially SME’s,” stated Fiona Lewinton, MD of QinetiQ’s Land Division, “particularly when combining our know how in order to provide our primary customers with competitive and operational performance.”

Rod Keech, executive chairman of NexxtDrive added, “We are delighted to be working with QinetiQ and have already completed an initial study combining some of our technologies to optimise power consumption on front line military vehicles. We are looking forward to develop and combine our expertise in tackling new markets for hybrid technologies.”

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