Bluebird drive to go into production

The advanced electric drivetrain of the record-breaking Bluebird Electric car is to go into production. The Bluebird Electric project opened a research and development centre earlier this month at Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, adjacent to a 57,000sq ft factory which it will take over in September, aiming to start production next spring. Project director Martin Rees said […]

The advanced electric drivetrain of the record-breaking Bluebird Electric car is to go into production.

The Bluebird Electric project opened a research and development centre earlier this month at Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, adjacent to a 57,000sq ft factory which it will take over in September, aiming to start production next spring.

Project director Martin Rees said the R&D team will work closely with the University of Sheffield electric machines and drives group, which originally developed the drive.

Bluebird Electric, which last week was awarded Millennium Product status, broke the British electric land speed record last May and is aiming to break the world record. Rees said the commercial development of the drivetrain would fund the record attempts.

Initially the drivetrain will be aimed at the mainstream automotive electric market, but Rees said he hopes an electric race series will also be inaugurated.

He added that other potential applications, such as tram or light rail systems, are being assessed.