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Magnomatics and Changan UK Collaborate for Next Generation Hybrids with IMPACT

Dr. Zhangsong Zhan President: Powertrain Institute of Research & Development, Changan and David Latimer, CEO Magnomatics age
Dr. Zhangsong Zhan President of Powertrain Institute of Research & Development at Changan and David Latimer, CEO of Magnomatics Limited

Magnomatics has signed a collaboration agreement with Changan UK and consortium partners Romax Technology, CMCL Innovations and University of Sheffield to develop and evaluate Magnomatics’ MAGSPLIT®hybrid transmission for future Changan Vehicles.  The MAGSPLIT is a next generation Dedicated Hybrid Transmission (DHT) that is expected to be one of the most efficient, simple and elegant hybrid powertrains for cars and commercial vehicles. 

The project, codenamed IMPACT (Integrated Magsplit Powertrain with Advanced Control and Testing) has been co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  The total value of the planned project is £2.85M.  The project was one of the winning bids following a competition launched last September (2015) encouraging companies to propose innovative ideas to cut vehicle emissions. The funding combines £30 million from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) with £8.2 million of additional funding from Innovate UK, who will support the schemes.


The project will demonstrate a full hybrid powertrain ready for prototype vehicle installation, backed by world class digital engineering in hybrid powertrain design.

This funding was first announced in March 2016 by the then Transport Minister Andrew Jones who said:

“Our £38 million investment will help Britain become a world leader in this exciting and valuable technology sector, creating skilled jobs of the future as part of our long-term economic plan. It will also mean lower running costs for motorists and less fuel consumption, which is good for the environment and our economy.”

David Latimer, CEO of Magnomatics, said:

“We are delighted to be working with this consortia to bring our technology closer to market.  Changan offer Magnomatics a route into the Chinese automotive market where we expect to see strong growth of car sales.  We believe that MAGSPLIT has the potential to be a market leading DHT (Dedicated Hybrid Transmission).”

Dr. Xiaoyu Zhang, General Manager, Changan UK said;

“We are pleased that with the involvement of Innovate UK, Changan is able to evaluate this promising UK technology against other world class proposals for hybrid transmissions.  Changan UK’s success in designing and developing our future powertrain products means we are well placed to do so and are further pleased that this project promotes closer collaborative ties between the UK and China.”

Andy Poon, CEO of Romax Technology, said:

“As the markets change and expand, so does the need for innovative, fast technology. This project allows Romax to embed its practical engineering know-how and latest simulation capability in the centre of the design and development of the next generation of vehicle drivelines.”


About Magnomatics      

Magnomatics Limited is a high-technology spin-out company formed in 2006 from the internationally renowned research group in Electrical Machines and Drives at the University of Sheffield. The Company develops and delivers novel proprietary magnetic transmissions and ultra-compact and efficient motors and generators for some of the world’s largest multinationals and is active in a range of industries, including automotive, renewable energy, aerospace, marine and defence.


About Changan UK

Changan is one of the biggest Chinese car manufacturers.  The company has 12 global production bases, 32 vehicle and engine plants and over 6,000 sale and service stations in 60 countries comprising nearly 50,000 employees, selling 2.7 million vehicles a year and generating an annual turnover of Yn243 billion. The company also has joint ventures with Ford, PSA, Mazda, Suzuki and JMC.  Changan has five domestic R&D centres in China and four overseas R&D centres help Changan to form a global R&D footprint covering China, Italy, Japan, UK and USA.

Changan UK is set up in June 2010 in Nottingham. It is dedicated to powertrain design and development for Changan’s next generation vehicles. In October 2015, Changan UK relocated to Birmingham. With major powertrain projects on-going, Changan UK has ambitious expansion plans of building its own test facilities in Birmingham and to recruit for R&D roles. CAUK aims to become a world-class leading powertrain R&D centre, and a promoter and practitioner of green technologies. For more information, visit


About Romax Technology

Founded in 1989, Romax is a global leader, providing software and services to design, develop, deploy and monitor drivelines for application in the automotive, heavy equipment, aerospace, rail and wind energy sectors. Its portfolio ranges from drivetrain health management to conceptual modelling and calculation right through to whole system detailed design and analysis.  Romax has over 220 customers worldwide, including the majority of OEMs across the transport and wind industries. Romax is headquartered in Nottingham, United Kingdom and operates through 12 offices globally. For more information, visit


About the University of Sheffield

The Electrical Machines and Drives (EMD) Group in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, undertakes fundamental and applied research on technologies that are likely to be central to future developments in electrical power engineering. It has a strong track record for innovation and for promoting the commercial exploitation of its research findings in the renewable energy, automotive, marine, aerospace, consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing and industrial sectors, through strong collaborations with industry, both in the UK and globally. For more information, visit


About CMCL Innovations

Computational Modelling Cambridge Ltd. (CMCL Innovations) is a technology company offering computer-aided engineering (CAE) software, technical consulting and training services to the powertrain (automotive and heavy duty), chemicals, materials, and energy industries. Two of its multi-award winning software, namely, the SRM Engine Suite™ and MoDS™ are applied to IC engine development and emissions reduction programmesby the industry, academia and R&D laboratories worldwide. For more information, visit


About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency. Taking a new idea to market is a challenge. Innovate UK funds, supports and connects innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmesto accelerate sustainable economic growth. For further information visit


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