BRP receives special "Verena – powered by Verbund" award

Gunskirchen, Austria, March 23, 2012 - BRP-Powertrain was chosen from over 627 submissions to receive the "Verena" special award for the development of the Rotax Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), which overcomes the biggest problem of electric vehicle technology – limited range.  

Developed by BRP-Powertrain's R&D centre, in cooperation with the Regionales Innovation Centrum (RIC) and the Graz University of Technology, the Rotax APU is a system combining Rotax ACE 600 combustion engine, generator and power electronics, which feeds energy into the battery as needed. Therefore the size of the battery is reduced to a minimum, resulting in cost and weight reductions as well. Short ranges with low power consumption - e.g. in the city - are covered by the battery while the Rotax APU kicks in for greater distances.

"We are focused on the development of environmentally friendly technologies with higher energy efficiency and lower emissions," declared Gerd Ohrnberger, vice-president and general manager of BRP's Powertrain division. "The Rotax APU permits us to move forward towards that goal."

"The Rotax ACE 600 engine fulfils the challenging requirements of the APU - low fuel consumption, low emission values and an excellent power-to-weight ratio,” explained Wolfgang Wukisiewitsch, vice-president, Research & Development, Powertrain division. “The engine, including the generator, weighs no more than 69 kg.”

The special “Verena-powered by Verbund” award is awarded for the first time this year. Out of the submissions for the state prize “Innovation”, one company from each federal state was recommended for the special "Verena-powered by Verbund" award. Among these nine companies, three were nominated for realizing innovative projects in the areas of energy efficiency / management, sustainable energies, e-mobility and energy systems in cooperation with universities, universities of applied science and extramural research institutions.

About BRP-Powertrain

BRP-Powertrain, an affiliate of BRP, is a leader in the development and production of innovative 4- and 2-stroke high performance Rotax engines for BRP products (Ski-Dooand Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Can-Am all-terrain, side-by-side vehicles and roadsters) as well as for motorcycles, karts, ultra-light and light aircraft. Over the past 50 years, the company has developed more than 350 engine models for recreational products.

About BRP

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately held company, is a world leader in the design,  development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 100 countries.

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Johnson, Can-Am, Rotax and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) or its affiliates.

For further information:
Andrea Veitschegger
BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG
Phone: +43 7246 / 601 202