Hi-tech auto firm’s glimpse of the future

Kostal's managing director, Martin Wood (left) and Past Master Cutler, Professor Bill Speirs, with the Range-e hybrid diesel technology Range Rover
Kostal's managing director, Martin Wood (left) and Past Master Cutler, Professor Bill Speirs, with the Range-e hybrid diesel technology Range Rover
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HI-TECH automotive electronics specialist Kostal got a glimpse of the future when Past Master Cutler Bill Speirs turned up on the firm’s doorstep at the wheel of a £1 million eco-friendly Range Rover.

Goldthorpe-based Kostal makes advanced electronic components for both Land Rover and Jaguar and this was the firm’s first chance to get a close up view of a development version of the Range-e, which is based on the Range Rover Sport and powered by Land Rover’s advanced plug-in hybrid diesel technology.

Accompanying Prof Speirs was Andy Smith, project leader of Jaguar and Land Rover’s REEVolution and Range-e hybrid team. Kostal took the opportunity to show him a new hi-tech connector it recently developed and which could be used in hybrid Range Rovers of the future.

Kostal’s managing director, Martin Wood, who recently become a Freeman of the Cutlers’ Company, said: “We provide components for both Jaguars and Land Rovers - including for the new Evoque range.

“They account for 50 per cent of our turnover, so it is a very important company to us. Although I have visited their factory on a number of occasions, this is the first time anyone has delivered such a valuable example of automotive technology directly to my door.”

Prof Speirs said: “I hope I’ve been instrumental in putting more work Kostal’s way.”

The Range-e can travel 20 miles on zero emission batteries and has average CO2 emissions of 89g/km when powered by its diesel engine.