From
Potential to Power
From
Potential to Power

UK Automotive Battery Supply Chain

The key objectives of the project are to establish a robust and permanent UK based automotive battery supply chain from active lithium powder through to drivetrain integration capable of producing next generation lithium battery packs for high performance hybrid and fully electric low carbon vehicles by 2020 using highly innovative UK developed integrated smart cell BMS technology. In addition to proving some highly innovative technology for lithium cells and batteries, the consortium will build a 48V battery system and a high voltage battery pack designed for a high performance automotive HEV application. The HEV battery will demonstrate the benefits of our innovative approach to many OEM’s targets of increased energy and power density at pack level whilst the 48V system shows this technology is transferrable to other hybrid and even fully electric automotive platforms and on a range of cell formats and chemistries. The consortium will also show the technology is not restricted to automotive battery packs but can provide tremendous advantages to other adopters of lithium batteries such as renewable energy storage, e-mobility, marine to name but a few

Partners

Sodium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

By using highly abundant sodium salts rather than lithium, it is expected that sodium-ion batteries will be around 30% cheaper to produce than conventional lithium-ion cells. This could dramatically reduce the cost of electric vehicles. Faradion and AGM will develop its sodium-ion battery technology to meet vehicle manufacturer specifications, delivering a working prototype for EVs by 2018. This will then be tested by a number of OEM’s, which are also involved in Innovate UK projects, to develop EV powertrains. The programme will see the partners modify existing sodium-ion technology to make it suitable for use in EVs, which includes adapting the active materials at the cathode and anode to meet OEM specification

Partners

AGM Batteries Ltd

AGM Batteries Ltd