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Wednesday 25 April 2018
25 April 2018 - NEWS UPDATE

GKN electric car makes Festival of Speed debut

GKN is making its debut in the hill climb at the world-renowned Festival of Speed with a record-breaking electric race car and a stand that offers an engaging introduction into the challenges of automotive engineering. 

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The TMG EV P002 electric race car, a 2012 winner in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, features two innovative GKN EVO eDrive axial flux motors, which deliver 1200Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
Apprentices, graduates and senior executives from GKN will be on hand at Stand 18 in the Moving Motor Show to talk to people interested in a career in engineering and interactive displays will offer a more hands-on experience for future young engineers.
Rob Rickell, chief engineer at GKN Driveline, said: ‘We’re very proud to be part of this iconic celebration of innovation in our industry which we hope will help inspire the UK’s next generation of engineers.
‘GKN, as a global engineering company, is committed to attracting more STEM graduates to support the UK’s thriving aerospace and automotive sectors and we’re delighted to be taking part in this event to help demonstrate the fantastic opportunities on offer for young people.’
The GKN EVO eDrive Systems’ eMotor used in the TMG P002 was developed in the UK. It is one of several new types of high performance electric motors with size, weight, performance, and efficiency advantages when compared to traditional electric motors. Its short length and high relative output makes axial flux motors suitable for use in more advanced drivetrain systems, where vehicle designers need the smallest, lightest, and most powerful motors possible.
* Sixty-nine per cent of drivers would not consider buying an electric car, according road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) analysis of the latest government research.1
The most important factors deterring motorists from buying an electric vehicle were recharging (40 per cent), the distanced travelled on a battery (39 per cent) and cost (33 per cent).
Currently, less than one per cent of drivers already own an electric car or van.  Five per cent said they were thinking about buying an electric car and eighteen per cent had thought about purchasing an electric vehicle but later changed their mind. 
However, not all motorists are put off the idea of an electric vehicle.  Thirty-seven per cent said that lower cost would encourage them to buy an electric vehicle as well as the distance travelled (20 per cent), widely available recharging points (17 per cent) and environmentally friendly (16 per cent).  With costs, the most important cost stated was the purchase cost, followed by fuel and recharging costs, maintenance, insurance and vehicle excise duty.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said:  “It is clear that the government have a long way to go to convince drivers that electric vehicles really are the future.  On the positive side drivers are not worried about safety or comfort issues, but range anxiety and charging infrastructure remain real stumbling blocks.  For the good of the environment the IAM want to see quicker roll out of charging points and long term guarantees that the current £5000 subsidy will remain in place.”
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