McLaren Applied Technologies won two accolades at last night’s TechWorks Awards, winning both the Automotive Electronics Innovation and Power Electronics Innovation categories.
Both awards were presented in recognition of the innovation behind the McLaren Combined Traction Unit, the CTU-400 e-axle, which was unveiled at the 2018 CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event in September and developed in collaboration with Hewland Engineering and Integral e-Drive.
Extremely compact and lightweight, the 400kW e-axle boasts elegant simplicity and an unparalleled overall power density of 4.4kW/kg. The CTU-400 sits on the vehicle axle and provides all the required propulsion power, taking energy from a hybrid or electric battery pack.
The TechWorks Awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland.
TechWorks is the UK Industry Association for ‘Deep Tech’; the underpinning technologies such as AI, robotics, 5G, machine vision, IoT, analytics and automation that drive the new economy.
The Automotive Electronics Innovation & Excellence Award recognises the essential need to innovate products that enable end user requirements of functionality and safety, while meeting exceptionally high quality and reliability standards.
The award was presented by renowned television and radio journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant. “The high quality of applications provided a challenge for our judges in selecting the winner,” he said.
“This year’s winner was chosen for their strong adoption of new and innovative technology in their CTU-400 e-axle – developing an efficient, outstanding performance traction unit for automotive electrification through collaboration with partners Integral Powertrain and Hewland Engineering.”
Presenting the Power Electronics Innovation Award, Sergeant added: “Power electronics contributes nearly £50bn annually to the UK economy and is a key enabler at the heart of electrification in multiple sectors.
“The judges were particularly impressed by the integration of power electronics into the e-axle - clear evidence of early market leadership and making a significant impact in the drive for higher levels of integration in power electronics, motors and drives.”