Sevcon has helped power a design accolade for a Norwegian postal service vehicle.
Norway-based Loyds makes the Paxster, a striking, environmentally-friendly vehicle which has been given the Honourable Design Excellence Award by the Norwegian Design Council, and Gateshead-based Sevcon can claim partial credit for the award having designed and made vital components for the machine.
Sevcon, which employs around 100 staff, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of microprocessor based controls for zero emission electric and hybrid vehicles and the Paxster features two of Sevcon's Gen 4 motor controllers, the same controller used in the Renault Twizy city vehicle, components which save energy while also allowing speed to be varied.
The award was further good news from the Tyneside company, which recently announced a rise in sales during the first three months of 2013 in its half-year results earlier, despite seeing revenues fall to £9.5m, compared to £12.2m in the same period last year.
Mark Durrant, Sevcon vice president of global sales, said: "We are delighted to see one of our clients win such a prestigious award. Sevcon's Gen4 controller is used to vary the speed and movement of vehicles and optimise the battery's energy consumption. It is now proving to be the controller of choice for electric and hybrid vehicles."
Ola Kvam, purchasing and logistic manager at Loyds explained how Norway Post wanted a vehicle that could be registered as a moped, with a 100-200 kg weight capacity and a range of 40km, or up to six hours without recharging. Kvam said: "Based on this, Loyds decided to embark on development of Europe's most efficient and environmentally-friendly solution for the distribution of post, newspapers and small packages. We came up with the Paxster and the Gen 4 controllers supplied by Sevcon are an integral part of the vehicle's performance capabilities."
The Norwegian Design Council said the Loyds Paxster was selected because as well as incorporating innovative functions and solutions its large wheels and good steering make it good fun to drive.
The Paxster was launched at the Post-Expo 2012, the international exhibition for Postal business market, and the interest is substantial with several countries.