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DRIVING TOYOTA’S EV/HYBRID TECH: Toyota gives us a glimpse at one of its engineers, Eric Dede, in charge of improving its hybrid and electric cars. Image: Toyota

DETROIT, Michigan - Toyota’s Eric Dede, manager of the electronics research department at Toyota's Technical Centre (TTC), was honoured for his invention to improve hybrid and electric-car efficiency at the 2013 R&D 100 Awards.

Dede’s invention, a micro-channel cold plate for electric vehicles and hybrids, provides a 70% increase in heat transfer with a 50% reduction of pumping power. What that boils down to is the potential for a 10% increase in hybrid efficiency.
The R&D 100 Awards, often called the "Oscars of Invention", recognise and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year.


It's not the first time Toyota won an R&D 100 award but it’s the first that’s resulted from research done entirely by TTC. Dede said: "This was a great collaborative project that established useful methods for the advanced design and optimisation of electromechanical systems."

Dede and his fellow TTC scientists and engineers were recognised for their efforts that lead to 1355 patents in 2013.

Dede worked as senior engineer at the University of Michigan's Space Physics Research laboratory before joining Toyota, where his main responsibilities are the development of elemental technologies for future hybrid electronic systems.

Toyota South Africa's hybrid models are its Prius, Yaris, Auris, as well as hybrid variants in its luxury Lexus brand - CT, ES, RX and GS.
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