TM4 equips the Cleanova II: the latest electric vehicle of S.V.E.
BOUCHERVILLE, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ - TM4 has developed and produced the drivetrain system of the Cleanova II, the new hybrid electric vehicle that is presented at the Paris Auto Show by the Societe de Vehicules Electriques (S.V.E.), company formed by the Dassault and Heuliez groups. The Cleanova II, based on a Renault Kangoo platform, is displayed at the Heuliez stand. This multifunction drivetrain system integrates, in one single module, a 35kW electrical motor and a 15kW range extender generator with an integrated differential. Moreover, this system includes in this same module all the associated control and power electronics, the DC-DC converter and the battery charger. TM4's system makes of the Cleanova II a hybrid vehicle that runs primarily in electric mode. The Cleanova II versatile hybrid system allows for many uses. Firstly, it can operate in all-electric mode. Secondly, the generator, that is typically used to recharge the battery as a range extender, can also be coupled to the main electrical motor to boost its performance, depending on road conditions and the driver's requests. TM4's motors utilize permanent-magnet technology, which helps reduce energy consumption, the size and weight of the motors, therefore increasing the performance and driving range of the Cleanova II. S.V.E. intends to commercialize this vehicle in the second half of 2006. A full electric version of that vehicle, also equipped with a TM4 drivetrain, will be commercialized concurrently. About TM4 (www.tm4.com) TM4 designs and markets systems based on electrodynamics, conversion and power control components that meet the specific requirements of its clients. It offers its systems worldwide for electric drivetrain and distributed electric power generation applications. The partners and clients of TM4 Transport are manufacturers and integrators of electric or hybrid electric vehicles, for general or specialized applications seeking light, compact, high- performance drivetrain units and on-board generators. To find out more about TM4 and to see pictures of the car and system, visit the News section at www.tm4.com
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