Valeo acquires electric supercharger technology

December 06, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
As part of its strategy of developing solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, automotive electronics supplier Valeo has acquired the Variable Torque Enhancement System (VTES) business of British automotive technology development company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

With this move, Valeo says it becomes the first automotive tier one company to offer its customers a range of electric superchargers. Unlike exhaust-driven turbochargers, electric superchargers are driven by an electric motor. This innovative technology, which leverages a switched reluctance motor with very low inertia, responds much faster than a conventional turbocharger. Highly efficient at low engine revolutions, electric superchargers make it possible to reduce engine size—an important factor in reducing fuel consumption. Lastly, when coupled with a Valeo energy recovery system, electric superchargers can be used to create a cost-competitive hybrid solution that can deliver fuel savings of up to 20% in the standard European driving cycle.

CPT has worked with Valeo over a 3 year period to define electric supercharging system requirements.VTES will be integrated into Valeo's Powertrain Systems Business Group with immediate effect.

The acquisition highlights Valeo's commitment to innovation. The company spends more than €600 million for R&D. The Group has filed more than 600 patents this year, making it the fourth-ranked filer in France.