Williams joint venture will be UK's largest electric car battery maker

September 11, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Building batteries for Aston Martin's Rapide E electric car at Hyperbat
Formula one company Williams Advanced Engineering has teamed up with Unipart Manufacturing to create a new company for building electric car batteries in the UK. The first customers is luxury car maker Aston Martin.

Hyperbat will be the UK’s largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer when it opens in early 2019 in Coventry, creating around 90 jobs producing batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles. Housed in a former Unipart factory, it will sit alongside the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a partnership between Unipart and Coventry University

The facility provides a future supply chain for UK-based car-makers as their vehicles transition to electric power, with the potential to provide similar solutions to developing marine and aircraft projects in future. The launch customer for Hyperbat batteries is the Aston Martin Rapide E, which will be a limited production run.

"Hybrid and electric vehicles will play a key part in Britain's cleaner and greener future and this new high-tech facility – inspired by a government funded Advanced Propulsion Centre project - will develop new vehicle battery technologies and create high-skilled jobs in Coventry,” said Greg Clark, business secretary in the UK government. “Through the Industrial Strategy, the government is building on our world leading strengths in auto manufacturing and clean growth, making the UK the go-to place for these technologies and boosting the economic opportunities presented by our transition to a low-carbon economy.”

Williams Advanced Engineering is using its experience of electrifying vehicles, from powering all the cars on the grid of the ABB FIA Formula E championship in rugged and competitive conditions to projects as varied as the Vanda Electrics Dendrobium electric hypercar and Jaguar Vector Racing world speed record-breaking electric boat. Unipart is well-known for its expertise in automotive manufacturing, logistics and supply. It will convert a century-old building, which most recently produced vehicle exhausts, to produce the batteries.

“Today marks a proud day as we bring together two innovative companies to deliver cutting edge technology that will literally power the future of sustainable transport in the UK and beyond,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.

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