The PowerDrive Line project being led by Southampton-based Ilika is focusing on sold state battery cell development, in particular how to manufacture at scale in the UK and how to build in ultra-fast charging technology of less than 25 minutes for a vehicle.
In total £22 million grants are being rewarded to 12 consortia across the UK as part of the latest round of funding through the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
The other projects include a new approach to battery management led by Williams Advanced Engineering, a new power train system from McLaren Automotive and a battery recycling project that will develop the first UK industrial scale capability to reclaim and reuse battery essential metals. This project is being led by Cheshire-based ICoNiChem and involves Jaguar Land Rover. Aston Martin Lagonda is also leading a project into the development of higher performance battery packs.
The companies say they can give more details once the project contracts are signed.