In the second year of the University of Sussex mechanical engineering student Joshua de Wit is the 2016 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award winner.
The 21-years of age, the concept, which was revealed as the winner in the Society of motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) annual dinner this night, using an innovative battery of graphene that makes the best use of the conductivity of the material, the lightness and the strength to introduce a completely new design.
Of Wit of graphene stacked design of the battery dramatically shortens load times and the flexibility of the material means much less is needed, which reduces cost, weight, storage capacity, and the size and maximize efficiency.
Wit now embark on a six-month work experience tour of award sponsors Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Peugeot and Toyota. He said: “it is a privilege to be presented with the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award. From the beginning, this has been a difficult but rewarding experience and the tutoring program has really helped me to develop my idea and to try harder.
“Now I’m excited for the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most renowned vehicle manufacturers – experience, that is not what I doubt, is going to stand me in an excellent place to carve out a career after college.”
This year’s competition was another hotly contested. The other two finalists also impressed the judges with the unique and innovative entries. Joel Hayes, of Northumbria University, presented an autonomous vehicle for the promotion of the campaign called ‘Driven’ and Manuel Agustin Yepez Corsetti of the University of Glasgow created a concept that collects the energy of the waste with thermo-electric materials.
Martin Bohling, global managing partner at Courland Automotive, said: “it’s really a pleasure and an honor to participate in this prize and have the opportunity to respond to such capable, passionate and extraordinary talents of young people. We’re going to be, in fact, lucky to have one of the finalists to pursue a career in the automotive industry.”
The Coach of the editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, said: “This award continues to go from strength to strength in their quest to identify, encourage and inspire the talent of the future for the automotive industry. It has been very difficult this year to narrow our posts to only a handful – a testimony of how talented and impressive the entries were this year.
“I would like to congratulate you personally do not only the winner, Joshua, but also to the other finalists, who came very near. The ideas and concepts all of them were some of the best the award has seen, and it was difficult to choose a clear winner. If this award is anything to go by, the future is certainly bright for the automotive industry.”
Applications for the 2017 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award will open early next year. For more information, visit the Autocar Next Generation Award.