Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), part of the University of Warwick, is to play a key role in a £5.4 million project to help develop the UK battery supply chain for low carbon vehicles.
The UK Automotive Battery Supply Chain project will be led by manufacturer AGM Batteries and will see WMG working alongside industrial partners including Cosworth. Most of the technology within the battery systems currently used by the UK automotive industry is sourced from overseas suppliers. The project aims to bring production back to the UK to serve the evolving needs of the auto industry as it prepares for a low carbon future.
The collaboration is being funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), set up in 2013 as a 10-year £1 billion partnership between industry and government to build UK capability around low carbon propulsion technologies.
“WMG has invested heavily in battery system research and development over the last decade, and was recognised as the APC UK spoke for Electrical Energy storage in 2015,” said David Greenwood, Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems at WMG at the University of Warwick, and head of the APC Electrical Energy Storage Spoke.
“We are pleased to be supporting AGM, Dukosi, JMBS and Cosworth in taking this novel and promising technology towards production. The UK has a strong position in battery systems innovation, and we are delighted to be playing a formative role in its future.”