Alain Raposo
Sep 25, 2020

Alain Raposo To Lead Powertrain Tech Unit Of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Group announced that it has appointed Alain Raposo as Executive Vice President in charge of its Powertrain Tech Unit at the Group’s Research and Development Division. He will be responsible for engine, transmission and electrification development for Hyundai and Kia brands at Hyundai Motor Group’s global R&D headquarters, starting on September 28. He will report to Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division.

Alain Raposo is an expert who has led the R&D of powertrain, electric vehicle, and battery development for over 30 years at major automakers including Renault, Nissan and Groupe PSA. Before joining the Group, he was in charge of developing powertrain, battery and chassis at Groupe PSA.

Raposo is a rare talent who has held leadership positions overseeing both powertrain and electrification development. His expertise spans across not only engines and transmissions for internal combustion cars, but also batteries and motors for electric vehicles. His expertise will propel the Group forward in the era of eco-friendly vehicles. He will also spearhead the Group’s move towards more streamlined platforms and architecture-based powertrain development.He will also play a crucial role in balancing the development strategies between internal combustion and electric vehicles as the Group prepares itself for future mobility. The Group plans to launch a total of 44 electrified vehicles, including 23 BEV models by 2025.

Since starting his career at Renault in 1987, Raposo has been mainly in charge of engine development. In 2005, he moved to Nissan to lead its powertrain efforts. From 2008 to 2017, he spearheaded powertrain strategies that maximised synergies at the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In particular, in 2014, he added EV engineering to his realm, overseeing the alliance’s efforts in electrification development. (MT) 


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