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Green light for ultra-fast electric car charging innovation

New technologies to create safer, high-powered electric car batteries have been supported by US$29.3 million of industrial strategy funding

A new pioneering technology to ensure the next generation of safer, high-powered electric car batteries can be charged by drivers in ultra-fast time is just one of 12 innovation projects to receive the green light from the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.

The PowerDrive Line project being led by Southampton-based company Ilika is focusing on solid 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 as is seen in some current battery systems.

In total, US$29.3 million grants are being rewarded to 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 funding is key to realising the government’s ambitions for innovative energy solutions as set out in the modern Industrial Strategy. The Faraday Battery Challenge brings together world-leading research and business to accelerate the research needed to develop battery technologies.

Other major R&D projects funded include:

  • A revolutionary approach to battery management led by Williams Advanced Engineering
  • A McLaren Automotive led consortium project that aims to accelerate the development of electrified powertrains
  • A revolutionary 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
  • An Aston Martin Lagonda project into the development of better performance battery packs.

Source: Gov. UK

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