AMTE Power, Mahle team for electric powertrain
AMTE Power in Scotland has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mahle Powertrain (MPT) to combine its battery technology with powertrains in next generation electric vehicles.
MPT, a subsidiary of German automotive firm Mahle, works with major vehicle OEMs and prestige car manufacturers to design, test and develop electrified powertrain systems and hybrid vehicle engines. The partnership will allow testing of AMTE Power’s fast charging ultra high power (UHP) lithium ion cells in MPT’s recently opened Battery Development Centre in Northampton.
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This will allow MPT to develop new powertrain designs for high-performance electric cars. AMTE is planning to build a Gigafactory in the UK to produce these cells, which are specifically designed to solve key challenges for high-performance electric vehicles (EVs), balancing power, weight and safety needs.
The MoU is the latest in a series of commercial opportunities announced by AMTE Power for the UHP cells as it looks to scale up production. It is planning to provide a further update later this year on its manufacturing capabilities that will enable it to produce its cells in the UK at industrial scale.
“This first step towards a commercial partnership with MPT builds on a number of recent MoUs that we’ve agreed in the automotive sector. We’re generating real momentum in the market as more customers recognise the value of our differentiated cell technology,” said Kevin Brundish, CEO of AMTE Power. “This is an important step in our pathway towards commercialisation and we are looking forward to working with MPT to unlock the next generation of high-performance vehicles.”
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“Securing access to the latest in battery cell technology is key to delivering the sustained high performance our customers are looking for in their battery pack developments. MPT have invested in our people’s skills and developed cutting edge design, analysis and performance testing capabilities to be able to optimise the full potential of battery cells in module and pack form. This partnership with AMTE means that we now can push the boundaries of battery technology and feedback into the development cycle to push the boundaries even further in the future,” said John Hollingworth, Sales and Marketing Director of MPT.
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