12/17/2020 Liebherr Awarded by AVL Powertrain UK to Supply Double-stage Electric Turbochargers

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse has been selected by AVL Powertrain UK Ltd., one of the largest private companies dedicated to the development of powertrain systems and test systems, to deliver 25 kW / 400 V double-stage electric turbochargers to support the development of a fuel cell electric demonstrator commercial vehicle in collaboration with Ford UK, as part of the APC UK project, Fuel-cell Commercial Vehicle Generation 1.0.

Double stage fuel cell compressor by Liebherr - © Liebherr

Double stage fuel cell compressor by Liebherr - © Liebherr

Double stage fuel cell compressor by Liebherr - © Liebherr

The first delivery of the turbochargers, developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse (France), is scheduled in the coming month for a six-week test run on a testrig, followed by a second test campaign during spring 2021 on the vehicle.

AVL Powertrain UK together with Ford Motor Company aims to present this commercial vehicle with fuel-cell propulsion at the annual "Low Carbon Vehicle" event in September 2021. “Liebherr has provided excellent technical and proactive support which has met not only the technical requirements of the project, but also the aggressive timescales”, says Dr. Bernadette Longridge, Engineering Centre Manager, AVL Powertrain UK Ltd.

This selection represents a further step in the product diversification strategy of Liebherr- Aerospace Toulouse. It strengthens Liebherr’s presence in the automotive industry and allows the company to develop its expertise in electrically powered turbochargers for other applications such as maritime and rail applications.