FreeValve Appoints Allan Nielsen as CEO

The Board of Directors at FreeValve AB are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Allan Nielsen, 48, as Chief Executive Officer at FreeValve. Mr Nielsen replaces Mr Urban Carlson as CEO, while Mr Carlson remains at FreeValve and has taken up the position of Chief Technology Officer.

NielsenFreeValve is now in transition from product development to product commercialisation and the appointment of Mr Nielsen is a reflection of the importance of this phase. FreeValve is currently working with several automakers on projects for various type engines, both diesel and gasoline, and exhibited a car with FreeValve technology installed at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show. At present, work continues on the adaptation of this technology for mass production while discussions continue with various vehicle manufacturers for the implementation of FreeValve technology.

Mr Nielsen arrives at FreeValve after a 30 year career in various sectors of the transportation industry, including aviation and logistics. He has started four successful companies of his own and has spent more than 25 years of his career at senior management level. He most recently oversaw the transformation and growth of Geodis’ Nordic region. Geodis is a logistics and freight forwarding company, a subsidiary of France’s national rail provider, SNCF.

“Allan’s arrival marks a key strategic appointment for FreeValve at a transformational moment in the company’s history” said Urban Carlson, co-founder of FreeValve AB and CTO. “Allan’s entrepreneurial background and his work with complex businesses worldwide gives him the ideal blend of vision and experience to lead FreeValve as we continue our expansion into the global automotive marketplace.”

Christian von Koenigsegg, Chairman of the Board of Directors: “This appointment is a perfect fit for FreeValve as the company continues to grow and transform. It gives us an experienced hand at the helm of the company and frees our former CEO and co-founder, Urban Carlson, to concentrate on the technical side of the company.”

Mr Nielsen commenced at FreeValve on February 1, 2017.

Qoros Debuts Driveable FreeValve Qamfree Engine at 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show

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The world’s first FreeValve engine intended for mass production will be driven on to the Qoros stage at the Guangzhou Motor Show in November, 2016. The ‘Qamfree’ engine will be powering a Qoros 3 hatchback that has been modified specifically for the Guangzhou show. The technology was developed by FreeValve AB, based in Ängelholm, Sweden.

Qoros debuted the Qamfree engine with FreeValve technology in a concept car at the Beijing Motor Show, in April 2016.

img_0076Called ‘Qamfree’ in the Qoros application, FreeValve uses a pneumatic-hydraulic-electronic actuator to replace the traditional camshaft-based method of controlling valve operation in an internal combustion engine. This results is much more precise and completely customizable control over valve duration and lift, on both the intake and exhaust sides.

The engine on show at Guangzhou is a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine using FreeValve technology to produce 230 horsepower and 320Nm of torque. This represents a 47% increase in power, a 45% increase in torque and a 15% reduction in fuel consumption when compared to a traditional camshaft engine with similar specifications.

The benefits are not confined to significant performance improvements and better fuel economy, however. In implementing FreeValve technology, manufacturers are able to do away with expensive parts such as the throttle body, camshaft, cam drive, timing gear and cover, wastegate, pre-catalytic converter systems and direct injection systems.

The comparative FreeValve engine is 20 kilograms lighter and much more compact, saving 50mm in height and 70mm in depth, which allows manufacturers exciting new vehicle design and packaging options.

“FreeValve technology has taken many years of testing and refinement but the results are extremely satisfying” said Urban Carlson, CEO of FreeValve AB. “This production-intent engine offers Qoros significant savings in emissions, cost and weight. It also offers groundbreaking benefits to vehicle owners in terms of a near 50% increase in both power and torque, while actually reducing fuel consumption.“

img_0079-2Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive AB and Chairman of the Board at FreeValve AB said “This move closer to mass production of FreeValve technology is also a first baby step towards the promise of important reductions in CO2 emissions. This will be boosted with the eventual widespread adoption of FreeValve technology in the automotive industry.”

This new display at Guangzhou marks the first driveable FreeValve prototype engine assembled with mass production in mind. Qoros will use a fleet of test engines in conjunction with FreeValve AB to further refine the technology to suit its own vehicles designs prior to mass production in an as-yet unnamed vehicle in the future.

About FreeValve AB

FreeValve AB is a Swedish technology company and sister company to Koenigsegg Automotive AB that develops state of the art, next-generation components and solutions for internal combustion engines. FreeValve began development of its technology in 2000 and its sixth generation actuator technology represents over a decade of testing and development, both in the lab and on test vehicles driven in real world conditions.

About Qoros Auto

Established in December 2007 and headquartered in Changshu, Jiangsu (also its manufacturing base), Qoros Auto has an initial annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and maximum annual capacity of 300,000. With its operation center in Shanghai, Qoros Auto has established design centers, technical centers and engineering R&D centers in both Munich and Shanghai, which are made up of top designer and engineer teams from all over the world.

Freevalve Wins 2016 PopSci Automotive Innovation Award

Popular science magazine….. Popular Science Magazine, has named FreeValve as their Grand Award Winner in their 10 Greatest Automotive Innovations of 2016.

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FreeValve is a new mechanical architecture that replaces the traditional way of operating engine valves via a camshaft with Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric Actuators (PHEA).

The FreeValve concept, also known as fully variable valve actuation, offers the unique ability to have independent control of the intake and exhaust valves in an internal combustion engine. The timing of intake and exhaust can be independently programmed for any engine load criteria. The system can then “decide” which program to use based on driving conditions in order to maximize performance or minimize fuel consumption and emissions. Such flexibility allows a far greater degree of control over the engine, which in turn provides significant performance benefits.

PopSci’s comments:

For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has relied on the ungainly camshaft. This spinning rod with variable lobes sits atop the engine, where it opens and closes intake and exhaust valves during the combustion cycle. But the camshaft has a limited range of motion, so its control over the valves is imprecise. This is the root of engine inefficiency….. Cams, may you rest in peace.

You can read the full list of award winners at Popular Science Magazine’s website.

FreeValve and Koenigsegg are very excited about the future of this technology, which made its production-spec debut in a Qoros concept car at this year’s Beijing Motor Show. FreeValve is now working with Qoros on the application of the technology in a production vehicle.

Projects are ongoing with a number of OEMs for possible implementation in both heavy vehicle and passenger vehicle applications.

FreeValve is a sister company to Koenigsegg Automotive AB, working from a laboratory at the Koenigsegg facility in Ängelholm, Sweden.

FreeValve Technology Unveiled at Beijing Motor Show in Qoros Qamfree Concept Car

Ängelholm, Sweden – FreeValve AB is pleased to announce its partnership with Qoros Auto, a company based in Changshu, China, for the continued development of FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator (PHEA) technology for consumer vehicle applications in Qoros vehicles.

Qoros today unveiled a concept car at the Beijing Motor Show showcasing a new Qoros ‘Qamfree’ engine. The camshaft and associated hardware has been replaced by FreeValve’s PHEA technology, which allows far greater control over the engine’s intake and exhaust valves. FreeValve technology will allow Qoros to deliver a powertrain in future vehicles that is smaller, lighter, more powerful but with greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

IMG_2331The Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator at the heart of FreeValve technology replaces traditional camshaft technology and allows the engine management system to have full control over each individual valve. Where camshaft technology has always been limited to the relationship between the valves and the camshaft position, FreeValve allows independent control over every valve’s precise opening/closing position and timing throughout the whole combustion cycle. The result is a disruptive technology that allows an unprecedented degree of control – the kind of freedom that engine designers could previously only dream about.

Could you imagine playing a piano with a both hands tied to the opposite ends of a broomstick? The ‘music’ produced would be quite unpleasant. Think of that piano as a car’s engine and the broomstick as a traditional camshaft. The arrival of FreeValve is like setting aside the broomstick and mastering the instrument by playing with individual fingers.

IMG_2334Such is the leap in engine technology that FreeValve’s PHEA technology represents.
Urban Carlsson, CEO of FreeValve and Christian von Koenigsegg, board member of FreeValve and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive AB, were present at Beijing for the announcement and the unveiling of the Qamfree concept car.

“We are both pleased and proud to have found such a willing industry partner as Qoros Auto to complete the transition of FreeValve’s PHEA technology from a working concept to a production application for passenger vehicles” said Urban Carlsson.

Christian von Koenigsegg continued: “We believe that one day in the very near future, the arrival of FreeValve PHEA technology will represent as big a transition, or bigger, than the move from carburetors to direct injection.”

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About FreeValve AB

FreeValve AB is a Swedish technology company and sister company to Koenigsegg Automotive AB that develops state of the art, next-generation components and solutions for internal combustion engines. FreeValve began development of its technology in 2000 and its sixth generation actuator technology represents over a decade of testing and development both in the lab and on test vehicles driven in real world conditions.

About Qoros Auto

Established in December 2007 and headquartered in Changshu, Jiangsu (also its manufacturing base), Qoros Auto has an initial annual capacity of 150,000 autos and maximum annual capacity of 300,000. With its operation center in Shanghai, Qoros Auto has established design centers, technical centers and engineering R&D centers in both Munich, Germany and Shanghai, China, which are made up of top designer and engineer teams from all over the world.

At present, Qoros Auto has four major models: the Qoros 3 Sedan, Qoros 3 Hatchback, Qoros 3 City SUV and Qoros 5 SUV. Qoros also unveiled the Qoros 3 Q·LECTRIQ EV concept car at the Beijing Motor Show with plans for release in 2017.