Leyland-based Torotrak has been awarded funding from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to work in a co-funded consortium, including JCB, on an off-highway vehicle project.
The award has been made under the Advanced Propulsion Centre initiative, which is designed to advance the development and manufacture of new, low carbon vehicle technologies in the UK.
The total project value is £7.3m, divided among the consortium members, with an anticipated £3.3m in funding from the Technology Strategy Board.
The 30-month project is expected to commence in mid-2014 and will focus on maximising efficiency of an excavator by modifying its hy- draulic power delivery system and using mechanical energy recovery technology.
Torotrak expects to receive funding of at least £1.1m to develop Flybrid technology for an excavator application. The consortium expects to reduce fuel consumption and total CO2 emissions for JCB’s future excavator products.
Torotrak says it is pleased to be working with JCB on the project, which takes the Flybrid energy recovery technology through a product development programme, targeting a production-ready design for the off-highway market.
Torotrak has a high level of experience and understanding of the long life, low maintenance and rapid payback requirements of on-highway commercial vehicle operators.
Chief executive Jeremy Deering said: “Torotrak is delighted to be working with off-highway equipment market leader, JCB.
“This project further underlines the broad range of applications for our Flybrid KERS technology, particularly in proving its value in demanding environments.”