Taylor HansenUS – Based in Detroit, vice-president Taylor Hansen will be responsible for the newly incorporated subsidiary, including business development, client programme management and prototype building ahead of volume production.

“We have seen growing interest in our switched reluctance motor-generator technology with increasing enquiries from North American automakers and their powertrain suppliers,” said Nick Pascoe, CEO at Controlled Power Technologies (CPT). “Taylor joins us at an exciting time as the automotive industry makes the transition to affordable electrification of the powertrain at 48 volts.”

Hansen has 20 years of international experience across R&D, business development, global procurement and manufacturing. Areas of technical expertise include: combustion, performance and emissions development; advanced exhaust after-treatment; diesel, gasoline and CNG fuel systems; powertrain refinement and vehicle development; and engine calibration and on-board diagnostics (OBD).

Previous roles include chief engineer for diesel applications at Ricardo, manager of advanced R&D at AM General and senior development engineer at Jeep Chrysler with responsibility for NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) refinement.

In his new position at CPT, Hansen will focus on commercialising the company’s portfolio of products which reduce CO2 and NOx, comprising COBRA, SpeedStart and TIGERS switched reluctance motor-generators.

Hansen commented: “I would like to emulate our success in Europe, where the company is already working on a diverse range of applications with both high-volume and niche-volume manufacturers.”