Aston Martin signs partnership with start-up Britishvolt to develop bespoke high-performance batteries for its future electric sports cars
- Britishvolt’s battery gigafactory in Blyth is due to be operational from next year
- The battery start-up has already signed an agreement with Lotus
- Aston Martin and Britishvolt will create a joint R&D team to design and develop the batteries
- They say they will set ‘new standards for track performance, charging and range’
Luxury car maker Aston Martin have announced a partnership with British electric vehicle battery start-up Britishvolt to develop high-performance batteries for its future fleet of mighty motors.
With the iconic British firm set to launch its first fully-electric model in 2025, its deal with Britishvolt will see the firms create batteries that it says will set ‘new standards of repeatable on-track performance, charging and range’.
The two companies will create a joint research and development team to design and develop battery packs and a battery management system, they said.
Aston Martin has secured a deal with Britishvolt to create bespoke batteries for its electric sports cars of the near future
Aston Martin is the second British-based car-making customer for Britishvolt, which has also entered a battery partnership with Lotus.
Aston Martin has announced plans to offer ‘electrified’ versions – either fully electric or hybrid – of all of its new models by 2026 as part of its roadmap to shift away from gas-guzzling petrols engines.
It has already confirmed a hybrid version of its DBX SUV for the Chinese market and is set launch its debut plug-in hybrid model – the Valhalla supercar – will be delivered to customers in early 2024.
Hybrid powertrains will likely be offered for the brand’s traditional GT and sports cars from 2026, which includes the DB11 and Vantage, before it becomes a fully-electric auto maker from 2030 – the same year the UK Government will ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
‘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,’ Aston Martin chief executive Tobias Moers said.
Last month Britishvolt launched a Series C funding round with a starting investment of £40million from mining giant Glencore.
The two British firms said they will create batteries that set ‘new standards of repeatable on-track performance, charging and range’ in a statement on Monday morning
Aston Martin’s debut plug-in hybrid model – the Valhalla supercar (pictured) – will be delivered to customers in early 2024 and the brand’s first fully-electric model is due a year later in 2025
It has also secured government backing for a battery plant project in northern England, unlocking £1.7billion in private funding.
The factory is in the early stages of the build and is due to be operational from the end of next year.
When the £3.8billion, 45GWh, Blythe plant is fully completed in 2027 it should be able to produce battery packs for more than 450,000 electric vehicles per year.
Britishvolt’s £3.8billion, 45GWh, Blythe gigafactory (render image pictured) is due to be completed in 2027 and will produce battery packs for more than 450k EVs per year
Orral Nadjari, chief executive and founder of Britishvolt, added: ‘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.
‘Britishvolt is excited to be collaborating with Aston Martin, helping accelerate that switch to electrification – I believe we make formidable partners.
‘This collaboration once again highlights the value of working hand-in-glove with customers to co-develop and manufacture tailored, sustainable, localised battery cells, allowing vehicle makers to deliver superior products. Technologies that reset the benchmarks.’
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