Geely has asked Ricardo to assist with the development – right through to production – of a new transmission for range-extended plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Key requirements for the transmission are high efficiency and competitive cost for high volume A and B-segment products.

The approach taken is described as "highly collaborative and flexible", with joint teams of both Geely and Ricardo engineers based both in the UK and in China. This supports good internal communications and optimal decision making processes and also helps meet challenging delivery targets.

In addition to the core engineering team, support will also be available from technical centres in other locations including the Czech Republic. Ricardo's involvement will encompass mechanical design, control and calibration.

Ricardo said collaboration with Geely builds on its strong track record in assisting a wide range of customers in the development of advanced transmission technologies, and successfully bringing them to production.

"Ricardo is pleased to have been selected by Geely for this important, new transmission programme," said Ricardo Asia president Gary Tan.