about

CAR Technologies LLC was conceived in 2009 as a commercialization vehicle for developing and commercialization vehicle electrification technologies and services born at The Ohio State University – Center for Automotive Research (OSU-CAR). Together CAR Technologies LLC and OSU-CAR built the Center for Advanced Energy Storage - one of the largest battery test labs of its kind.

Fast forward to today, CAR Technologies is an industrial-scale, commercial testing, modeling, and engineering partner focused on the effective assessment, calibration, and implementation of vehicle electrification technologies and advanced energy storage applications.  CAR Technologies offers OEMs significant expertise in advanced propulsion battery testing and engineering  through its Center located at 1305 Kinnear Road in Columbus, OH.

CAR Technologies is the first advanced battery test and engineering facility in Ohio capable of managing multiple full vehicle validation programs.  Electric vehicle start-ups, advanced battery OEMs, commercial vehicle OEMs, and their suppliers need a credible, cost-effective advanced battery testing and engineering partner to commercialize their vehicle electrification products. CAR Technologies was created to be a significant catalyst for the development of the vehicle electrification/advanced automotive industry.

Among its many accomplishments, CAR Technologies is a Tier 1 testing and engineering supplier to several passenger and commercial vehicle OEMs, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Ohio Energy Manufacturing and Energy Storage Hub, is a major collaboration partner in the 2010 Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program - deploying and operating the Center of Excellence for Advanced Storage Technologies, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Cooper Park Re-development Project in Columbus.

Leadership

Dr. Kenneth Dudek, CEO

Dr. Dudek has 25 years of advanced powertrain control systems engineering experience with General Motors where he led cross-functional teams commercializing advanced control theory for powertrain controls, including production - intent control algorithms and calibration process design.  Dr. Dudek also led the Controls Technology Roadmap team for the company. As a results-oriented executive responsible for all aspects of advanced technology development from strategy creation through new product implementation, Dr. Dudek has a reputation for successfully leading cross-functional teams that includes members from Product Engineering, Advanced Engineering, Software Engineering, and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research. Dr. Dudek, who is also an Adjunct CAR Fellow at OSU-CAR, has been successfully commercializing OSU-CAR technology with leading automotive OEMs since 2001. Dr. Dudek holds 18 patents, 8 trade secrets, has 8+ patents pending, and 4 defensive publications.  He was a General Motors Technical Fellow and received a Boss Kettering Award for his work in powertrain controls while at GM.  Dr. Dudek has numerous degrees, including: an MBA from the University of Michigan; and a Ph.D., MSEE, and BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.  In his role as CEO, CAR Technologies, Dr. Dudek brings his expertise in technology development and OEM program management to the vehicle electrification market space.

Robert Lane, EVP

Mr. Lane has more than 25 years of marketing, technical product management, and corporate business development for industry-leading companies, such as GE, Nortel Networks, and Du Pont.  Over the past 5 years, Mr. Lane has worked on a wide range of engagements in advanced product and market development for the vehicle electrification programs of Chrysler, Think, Ford, Compact Power/LG Chem, and Navistar.  In addition, Mr. Lane has over 10 years of experience in Human Capital and Training Management services.  During that period, Mr. Lane was a practice leader and brand manager for a $400M human capital management services business, including being responsible for online recruiting, HR vendor management and training management platforms and services.  These platforms were used by over 200 companies worldwide in the automotive, IT, and engineering industries including GM, Ford, Delphi, Visteon, IBM, HP, and more.  Mr. Lane holds an MBA from Emory University and a B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.