British company Ricardo, know for its efforts in cleaning up powertrains, has decided to give a boost to its hybrid developments by hiring a new Group Director. The new appointee is Dr. Roger Thornton, who has more than 25 years of experience in power electronics based systems for transportation applications. Dr. Thorton joined Ricardo in 2006 as senior hybrids manager and was responsible for hybrid programs such as the recently announced Chery A5 BSG and ISG hybrids, a fifty-vehicle fleet of which was just used at the Beijing Olympics. With the help of Dr. Thornton, Ricardo expects to become a provider or even a partner for automakers that wish to develop or improve their hybrid vehicle product line-ups.
[Source: Ricardo]


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