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Transmission specialist wins Innovation Award for Transport

Automatic transmission specialist Antonov has won the IET 2010 Innovation Award for Transport for its high efficiency three-speed powershift transmission.

The UK-based company's innovative gearbox has been developed to increase the performance and range of electric and hybrid vehicles.

The awards, spanning 15 categories, recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology. This year's winners, chosen from nearly 400 entries, were announced at a gala ceremony held in London on 24 November 2010.

"Antonov was the clear winner in the transport category'' said Peter Sheppard, who chaired a panel of five judges assessing the transport sector award. ''We were particularly impressed by the innovative design and how it can reduce the overall size and weight of electric vehicle power trains compared to single-speed motor solutions and how the motor is maintained in its optimum efficiency range, as well as power saving features within the control system.''

"We're delighted to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to develop a high efficiency gearbox specifically for electric vehicles," said Antonov's chief executive Jos Haag. "It marks a significant milestone following a highly successful 12-month development programme part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, with Antonov being chosen against tough competition from 34 high calibre entries within the transport category.''

The three-speed transmission has been developed to suit all types of electric vehicles and will be installed in a Jaguar Limo-Green research vehicle in January 2011, with a second project - a public transport vehicle - also commenced with a major vehicle manufacturer.

Over 30 entries to the Transport category were considered across a broad spectrum of technologies covering the aerospace, automotive and railway sectors. In addition to Antonov, the finalists were DSTA (Smart Crosswalk, making pedestrians crossings safer and greener whilst facilitating the flow of traffic), Nexus Alpha Low Power Systems (ultra low power systems designed for the provision of transport information using solar power), ULTra PRT (personal rapid transit system), and Zircon Software (3D Train Graph decision support application).

The other shortlisted entries for the Transport award were DSTA (Smart Crosswalk, making pedestrians crossings safer and greener whilst facilitating the flow of traffic), Nexus Alpha Low Power Systems (ultra low power systems designed for the provision of transport information using solar power), ULTra PRT (personal rapid transit system), and Zircon Software (3D Train Graph decision support application).

Further information

www.antonovplc.com

www.dstatech.com

http://lps.nexusalpha.com

www.ultraprt.com

www.zirconsoftware.co.uk

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