Keihin Group and Horiba MIRA to develop electric vehicle powertrain systems

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Advanced engineering specialist Horiba MIRA and Tier 1 automotive supplier Keihin have joined forces to develop next-generation electric vehicle powertrain systems.

Keihin is developing a range of new system technologies for future e-powertrain vehicles, supported by Horiba MIRA and its expertise in the development of electric powertrains and control systems. The two companies will work together to develop original EV system product offerings for OEM customers.

The new electric vehicle powertrain will initially target the Chinese market, with China having recently updated its NEV (New Energy Vehicle) points system to reward OEMs for the range their EVs can achieve for each kilowatt of battery capacity. Horiba MIRA subsidiary MIRA China will provide local support to the project.

Keihin president Chitoshi Yokota, said, “With the increasing demand for electric powertrains, particularly in Japan and China, we are committed to developing cutting-edge technology to help OEMs bring low-carbon vehicles to our roads.

“With Horiba MIRA’s expertise in EV engineering and powertrain software, we look forward to developing the next generation of electric vehicle technology.”

Describing his company as “ideally placed to support the new program,” Horiba global business lead for electrification services Greg Harris said, “We are very pleased to be working with Keihin on the development of groundbreaking electric vehicle technology.”

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