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Sevcon Introduces GEN5 Motor Controller for High-Performance On-Road Applications

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sevcon, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEV), a world leader in the design and manufacture of controls for zero emission electric and hybrid vehicles, has introduced the first product utilizing its state-of-the-art GEN5 Technology, a high-voltage, high-power AC motor controller designed specifically for high-performance on-road applications.

"The GEN5 on-road controller was built without compromise to satisfy the growing technical demands of electric and hybrid on-road vehicles," said Sevcon Group Product Manager Stephen Chilton. "People do not want to drive on the highway at 60 mph in a vehicle using a modified fork lift controller. Our technology is designed from the ground-up to ensure maximum functional safety in on-road vehicle applications. The GEN5 controller is available with ISO26262 ASIL C certification that assures the product contains the state-of-the-art functional safety demanded by on-road vehicle manufacturers," said Chilton.

The flexible GEN5 on-road controller is exceptionally easy for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and drive-train integrators to incorporate in their designs. Hardware installation requires only 15 minutes and the vehicle can be configured and driven within 1 hour. Communications protocols can be quickly modified to suit manufacturer requirements. In addition, OEM intellectual property is secure and protected. The controller will support user-specific code that can be programmed in the controller with direct access to motor, system, or communication parameters, providing the ability to easily differentiate vehicle functionality.

The GEN5 on-road motor controller is housed in a lightweight metal enclosure designed to withstand harsh environments. Its compact dimensions facilitate installation in crowded motor environments.

The GEN5 on-road controller is presently in early acceptance testing with 12 vehicle manufacturers around the world and will be available for delivery in early 2016.

GEN5 Technology to Set New Standards for Reliability and Flexibility

Products developed from the GEN5 technology platform will achieve new levels of reliability, flexibility, and security, allowing customers to easily adapt and customize them to their specific applications. In addition, the platform's systems architecture is designed to enable the installation of ancillary equipment software in the motor controller, reducing hardware, integration, and manufacturing costs, plus improving reliability.

"We look forward to introducing innovative GEN5 solutions for on-road, off-road, and industrial markets that will set new standards for cost effectiveness, emissions reduction, and performance," Chilton said.

For more information, visit http://gen5.sevcon.com, call +44 (0) 191 497 90 00, or e-mail uk.info@sevcon.com.

About Sevcon, Inc.

Sevcon is a world leader in the design and manufacture of controls for zero-emission electric and hybrid vehicles. The controls are used to vary the speed and movement of vehicles, to integrate specialized functions, and to optimize the energy consumption of the vehicle's power source. Sevcon supplies customers throughout the world from its operations in the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Asia Pacific region and through an international dealer network. Sevcon's customers operate in diverse markets and include manufacturers of electric motors, cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, fork lift trucks, aerial lifts, mining vehicles, agricultural tractors and implements, and other electrically powered vehicles and systems. For more information, visit www.sevcon.com.

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CONTACT: Stephen Chilton, Group Product Manager, Sevcon, Stephen.Chilton@Sevcon.com, +44 191 497 9135 Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380

Source:Sevcon USA, Inc.