Axion will be exhibiting alongside its consortium partners at Cenex-LCV17 – the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event – when the latest results of a major research project into battery packs for the next generation of electric vehicles are expected to be unveiled.
Axion embarked on the AMPLiFII Project (Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation) in 2015. Led by WMG, at the University of Warwick, it aims to develop the next generation of traction batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles supported by £10 million of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles in partnership with Innovate UK.
Axion is working on the end of life options for lithium ion batteries, designing the battery pack to allow easier end of life management and understanding the full lifecycle supply chain for batteries. Our studies include design and manufacture for end of first life, manufacturing and repurposing in second life applications and material recycling.
Sam Haig, Axion’s Head of Engineering & Research, commented: “We’re now 90% of the way through this innovative project and the work that we’ve done will lay the foundations for the development of battery technology in the UK, especially for lower-volume and niche producers.”
Welcoming the Government’s recent announcement of £246 million funding for the Faraday Challenge to boost UK expertise in battery technology, Sam added: “It really sets the groundwork for further research and development in this area. Future projects will be able to use our findings to develop and commercialise them further.”
Sharing WMG’s stand at Millbrook with other project members, Axion will be exhibiting alongside Augean who are advising on safe handling and dismantling of automotive batteries, effective treatment of end-of-life materials and ensuring compliance.
The project also brings together Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Alexander Dennis (ADL), Ariel Motor Company, Augean, Delta Motorsport, Potenza Technology, Trackwise, HORIBA MIRA, The University of Oxford and Axion.