UK project for 800V battery packs that charge in 12 minutes

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By Nick Flaherty

The £9.7m CELERITAS project aims to develop ultra-fast charging battery cell and pack for electric and fuel cell hybrid vehicles to accelerate their market acceptance by addressing consumer concerns over charge time. The project is led by Sprint Power in Birmingham, UK, which will design an 800V DC-DC converter and battery management system. The platform will also use rapid charging technology developed by AMTE Power and thermal management technology from bp and 1200V silicon carbide transistors from foundry Clas-SiC in Scotland, and manufactured by Eltrium.

The project will also develop the UK supply chain to allow UK battery electric-vehicle and mild-hybrid electric vehicle manufacturers to achieve post-Brexit requirements of more than 50 percent parts sourced from UK suppliers within three years. The project will deliver a full pack for a battery electric vehicle (BEV) and one for a hybrid.

“As we move steadily towards the UK’s ban on new petrol and diesel combustion engine vehicles in 2030, tackling consumers’ concerns on EVs head on is critical. We are delighted to be leading this pioneering project that will create a step change in battery charge times, helping to create highly efficient fuel cell vehicles for the future and accelerating the charging time on battery electric vehicles significantly closer to refuelling times on today’s internal combustion engine cars,” said , Richie Frost, Founder and CEO of Sprint Power.

This is one of four projects from APC18, totalling £90m.  

BMW is in another project to develop a large battery pack to boost the range of electric vehicles, with £12m from the latest round of projects from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

“This is a really exciting opportunity to collaborate with world leading companies to develop high tech battery technology. It strengthens our UK partner base and safeguards and extends our research and design centre,” said Andreas Loehrke, Head of Research and Design for BMW Motorsport Ltd. UK.

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