The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and global engineering company, Ricardo, are to work together to create more efficient low emission vehicles.
The two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) hoped to result in a more comprehensive period of collaboration to cover joint research and development projects in low emission vehicles.
The MoU builds on a relationship that began with Ricardo sponsoring a programme of doctoral students through their studies at the University of Sheffield and the AMRC where they will be investigating the design and manufacture of electric motors.
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As a leading global specialist in transport, security, energy, scarce resources and waste, Ricardo has extensive experience of working within a variety of ground transportation sectors, such as automotive, commercial and industrial vehicles, motorsport, motorcycles and rail.
Aiming to develop innovative products and manufacturing methods for the automotive and vehicle production industry, the long term goal of the AMRC is to help maintain the UK automotive industry as a world leader in low emission powertrains and vehicle production.
AMRC automotive sector lead, Ben Kitcher explained: “A primary theme of this collaboration will be powertrain electrification, which is a key driver of the automotive industry and shall be addressed by Ricardo and the AMRC jointly.
“This will be alongside the development of motors, batteries and power electronics with cutting edge functional design as well as manufacturability.”
Ricardo chief operating officer, Mark Garrett added: “This agreement represents a significant milestone in the development of Ricardo’s research collaboration with the AMRC.
“Our collaborations such as this with some of the UK’s leading academic research groups, allows us to leverage both our collective intellectual capital and the investment of Ricardo in advance R&D, in order to bring forward advanced technologies that can help deliver a lower carbon and more sustainable future for transportation.”