Trackwise has been invited to join a £14 million consortium to create a new automotive battery pack manufacturing research centre. The project will help develop the next generation of traction batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. It will combine the best human and automated assembly methods to manufacture battery packs and lay the foundations of a new UK automotive supply chain based around this technology.
The UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK have given £10 million funding to support the project. Called AMPLiFII (Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation) it will develop new knowledge, skills, technology and facilities to support UK industry seeking to use these new technologies and processes in vehicle battery systems.
The project is led by WMG at the University of Warwick and brings together Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Alexander Dennis (ADL), Ariel Motor Company, PAISEU, Vayon Group, Delta Motorsport, Potenza Technology, RDVS, Axion Recycling, HORIBA MIRA, The University of Oxford, and Trackwise. The work also supports the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) National Spoke for Electrical Energy Storage.
Trackwise Managing Director, Philip Johnston, commented “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project. We are confident that the weight, space and reliability benefits offered by Improved Harness Technology™ can make a significant contribution both in terms of the end product design and functionality, but also in the manufacturing process through a reduction of assembly time and cost.”
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