Continental has designated Xavier Pujol to head its hybrid-EV (HEV) business unit in Nuremberg, Germany. He is the present boss of the supplier's Rubi facility in Spain. Pujol will replace Jose Avila, who is a Continental board member and powertrain president. Avila also held interim responsibility for the unit. The HEV unit is part of the company's powertrain division.
It creates energy-storage systems and electric motors for micro-hybrid, full-hybrid and mild-hybrid as well as for EV applications. Avila stated that the HEV business unit is "immensely important" for them, especially with the increasing electrification of the powertrain.
Pujol started his profession in 1982 with Philips, a consumer electronics producer. In 1986, he went to automotive provider United Technologies Automotive, which Lear Corporation acquired in 1999, working in Italy and Spain. He also worked for a couple of years working for Spanish electronics supplier SMD Ingenieros, prior to becoming a part of Sony in 1994. At Sony, he was production boss in Spain.
In 2006, he became a part of Continental as plant and site manager at the supplier's Rubi facility. The company has been investing intensely in electric and hybrid automotive technology in the last few years. In 2007, the corporation purchased the VDO vehicle parts unit of Siemens AG for 11.4 billion euros to acquire entry to VDO's powertrain expertise. Continental stated that is has 1,600 employees working on alternative powertrain innovation for 20 worldwide clients.