Aston Martin teams up with Britishvolt
To develop batteries with performance to match luxury UK cars Metal Tech News – March 9, 2022
Last updated 3/15/2022 at 2:14pm
To develop high-performance lithium-ion batteries that will power the next generation of ultra-luxury electric cars in the United Kingdom, Aston Martin has formalized an agreement that merges its 109-year history of automotive excellence with Britishvolt's pioneering expertise in battery technologies.
"For a prestigious marque such as Aston Martin, staying true to its world-renowned brand of ultra-luxury, high-performance vehicles, whilst transitioning to electrification, means insisting on customised, sustainable battery cell technology that pushes the boundaries of performance," said Britishvolt CEO Orral Nadjari. "Britishvolt is excited to be collaborating with Aston Martin, helping accelerate that switch to electrification – I believe we make formidable partners."
Aston Martin's transition to electrified offerings for its complete line of luxury vehicles begins with Valhalla, a mid-engine hybrid supercar that is slated to be ready for delivery in 2024.
By 2026, all-new Aston Martin product lines will have an electrified powertrain option, with a target for the UK automaker's core portfolio to be fully electrified by 2030.
To develop a battery with the performance, charging time, and range worthy of British automaker's global renowned engineering mastery, beautiful design, a joint research and development team from Aston Martin and Britishvolt will design, develop, and industrialize battery packs that include modules and a battery management system.
The two United Kingdom companies will work together to maximize the capability of special cylindrical high-performance cells that Britishvolt will produce for use in high-performance Aston Martin electric vehicles.
"This powerful collaboration combines Aston Martin's 109 years of engineering mastery with the expertise of a fast-growing UK technology business," said Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Tobias Moers. "Working together with Britishvolt, I believe we can create new technologies to power benchmark-setting Aston Martin electric cars that will match our reputation for high performance and ultra-luxury with the highest standards of sustainability."
The cells will be produced at the 30 gigawatt-hour megafactory that Britishvolt is building in Northumberland, UK.
The project will be built in phases to keep up with technology advancements and will be able to produce enough battery cells for 300,000 EVs per year once built out to full capacity.