SBE Nominates Jon Bereisa as Senior Technical Advisor

SBE Inc. (dba SB Electronics) is pleased to announce the nomination of Jon Bereisa as Senior Technical Advisor.  In Mr. Bereisa’s new role, he will be assisting SBE in strategically advancing their technological position in the EV / HEV marketplace.

“Jon brings a wealth of automotive engineering leadership and innovation background to our company as a pioneer in this field with his career experience at General Motors launching the EV1 and charter member of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium and EDTA.  Jon’s very strong background will greatly help SBE as we continue to grow and advance the adoption of our advanced Power Ring film capacitor technology in automotive and other markets,” said Jim Crawley, SBE’s Vice-President of Automotive Business Development. 

“High-performance Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles have achieved technical feasibility today, but cost remains a challenge for commercial viability,” remarked Mr. Bereisa.  “From my experience, SBE’s new single ring film capacitor technology can be a major cost reduction contributor by eliminating the need for multiple individual capacitors via up-integration, and by simplifying power inverter and converter interconnect. The resulting designs typically occupy less volume, have less mass and are lower cost simultaneously offering multiple advantages.”

Mr. Bereisa will be bringing 35 years of executive experience at General Motors to SBE.  He was the Systems Architect responsible for the creation of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle, the Chief Engineer Propulsion Systems for GM’s EV1, the first modern production EV, and the S-10 Electric Pickup, and the Director Advanced Engineering and Technology Strategy Powertrain for the development of GM’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology.  Mr. Bereisa’s involvement led to major improvements in inverter power switch technology, and the development of the EV1 inductive charging system which was licensed and used by other auto OEM’s.  Mr. Bereisa has BS, MS and Professional Degrees awarded in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He has been inducted to the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s “Hall of Fame”. 

“SBE is thrilled to have an automotive executive of Jon Bereisa’s caliber join our team.  As we gear up our capacity to produce 100s of thousands of Power Rings over the next 18 months, it is vitally important to collaboratively engineer the next generation EV, PHEV, and HEV systems with leading automotive powertrain companies.  Jon has ‘been there and done that’ from our customers’ perspective.  With his guidance, we can solve problems and reduce cost at an accelerated level,” said SBE’s President and CEO, Edward Sawyer.   “Welcome to the team, Jon!”

SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years; producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®.  With the newer development of its DC Link Filter Power Ring Film Capacitor™, SBE Inc. was recently awarded a $9.1 Million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world class facility for the manufacture of this line of capacitors used in drivetrain inverters for plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles.  The company’s headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont.                                                                                                                                                                          

Stephani Cook, Marketing Assistant
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