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Black Auto Designers Pay it Forward Mentoring Next-Generation Talent

Without designers, there are no cars.

Automotive designers combine knowledge of mechanics, production and materials with artistic talent to improve the style, appearance and aerodynamics of automobiles.

Much like in other professions, Black designers have fought for representation in the auto industry.

General Motors hired Edward Welburn as their first Black designer in 1972. In 2003 Welburn became the first Black Vice President of Global Design in the industry.

Black designers like Michael Burton, Crystal Windham, Earl Lucas and Chris Young have each contributed impressive feats to automotive design, from the Ford Flex to the 2021 Ford Bronco.

In 2011 when the Hyundai Sonata shook up the car market due to its modern sweeping body style, designer Andre Hudson was to thank.

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, Black employees make up 17.2 percent of workers in automotive manufacturing but the industry lacks diversity at the leadership level.

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GKN Automotive accelerating advanced development of next-generation 800V eDrive technologies as EV demand increases

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GKN Automotive accelerating advanced development of next-generation 800V eDrive technologies as
EV demand increases

· GKN Automotive extending its leadership of eDrive technologies by rapidly developing next generation systems in response to increasing EV demand
· All-new technology will employ 800V systems
· Future eDrive systems will speed up charging times, enhance battery range, reduce weight and improve performance
· Rapid development of next generation systems, accelerated further through partnership with Jaguar Racing in the ultra-competitive Formula E series

London, UK, 20 July 2021 GKN Automotive, the global leader in drive systems, is accelerating its development of next generation eDrive technologies in response to the rapidly increasing global demand for electrified vehicles.

These future systems, utilising and harnessing state-of-the-art 800V technologies, are already at advanced stages of development and being tested in real-world conditions. GKN Automotive’s global experts are now working with the world’s 
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