‘Six-minute charge’ EV batteries to be built at UKBIC

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AMTE Power, a specialist battery developer, has announced it will manufacture its Ultra High Power EV cells, which can be fully charged in six minutes, at UKBIC in Coventry to support the next phase of its commercialization plans.

Due to the Ultra High Power cells’ low internal resistance supports exceptional power delivery and very fast charging, with current testing demonstrating a full charge in six minutes, which would meet growing demand from within the automotive sector principally for high performance electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Under the agreement, the company can request UKBIC to manufacture up to 60,000 of its Ultra High Power cells each year, over an initial term of 24 months. This will enable AMTE Power to deliver its first Ultra High Power cells, in a sufficient scale to allow customers to progress through to in-vehicle trials, as the industry transitions away from traditional fuels.

AMTE Power has existing non-binding memoranda of understanding in place with key automotive partners Cosworth, Viritech and MAHLE Powertrain, in addition to development agreements with Sprint Power, Eltrium and BMW.

The use of UKBIC to manufacture cells is a key milestone to upscale production ahead of mass commercialization plans as AMTE Power progresses towards its first MegaFactory in Dundee, Scotland.

Commenting on the contract, Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power, said: “Having already secured significant early interest in our Ultra High Power cell from major automotive partners, this contract will enable us to bring our products to market sooner while we progress our own MegaFactory.

“This new phase in our journey builds on the partnership that we’ve established with UKBIC through cell development. It is testament to the investment that the UK Government has made in this market-leading battery manufacturing and scale-up facility that we are now able to put that development work into practice with the first production contract at UKBIC to get cells into customers’ hands as we power the energy transition.”

Jeff Pratt, managing director, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, added: “We’re delighted to be entering into this landmark agreement with AMTE Power to transfer their design into UKBIC and then manufacture their next generation Ultra High Power cells at volume, allowing us to further support the company’s significant commercialization plans. Advanced battery cells being manufactured at volume in the UK are a vital component of ensuring the UK prospers from the energy transition towards Net Zero. This latest agreement – our biggest to date – is further demonstration of the unique value of UKBIC which, since being opened just over a year ago, is already delivering incredibly successful outcomes for the UK with customers like AMTE.”

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