Dynex Power Powering New Renault HEV

June 10, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Dynex Power Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) announced a major production order with Groupe SAGEM (France) to provide power semiconductor modules for Renault's (UK) new Kangoo all-electric and hybrid thermal-electric minivan due for release at the end of 2001. This order is the result of three years collaboration between Dynex and SAGEM on the use of power semiconductors in the technically challenging hybrid automotive market.

The Renault Kangoo will have a range of 100km, a top speed of 120km/h and will be able to recharge from a standard domestic power outlet. Dynex is supplying 600V IGBT modules for the electric motor drive. SAGEM has committed to an initial order worth approximately CDN$500,000, with strong potential for order book growth as sales of this new class of vehicles expands.

"This design win is a milestone sale of our power semiconductor product into the automotive market and exemplifies the tremendous growth we are experiencing in applications for power semiconductors," said Michael LeGoff, president and CEO of Dynex. "We are pleased to be working with SAGEM and Renault to power this new generation of cleaner, greener, more efficient automobiles."