Hyperbat’s EV battery expertise wins Lotus Evija contract
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-performance electric vehicle battery packs has sealed a multi-million-pound contract to supply batteries to Lotus for its new all-electric Evija, the world’s most powerful production car.
Full production will take place at the firm’s brand-new production line at Unipart Manufacturing Group’s site in Coventry.
Hyperbat was formed from Williams Advanced Engineering’s (WAE) EV battery expertise and Unipart’s capability in manufacturing safety-critical products for premium OEMs.
This combination of engineering excellence and Tier 1 manufacturing capability was established to support the scale-up of EV production in the UK and will manufacture the 90kWh lithium-ion battery packs destined for use in the first British-made all-electric hypercar.
The mid-mounted battery pack will support a target output of 2000 PS and performance targets of 0-62mph in under three seconds and a top speed of over 200mph.
Andy Davis, Director at Hyperbat, said: “To win a contract with Lotus to supply battery packs for the world’s most powerful production car demonstrates the exceptional technology and manufacturing expertise we have at Hyperbat.
“Required performance levels will be facilitated by our proprietary welding and joining technologies, which, alongside the deployment of the latest digital technologies, are critical to achieving the highest levels of performance and product quality.”
The manufacturing process involves assembling 12,000 components split across 500 unique parts and 100,000 welds in each pack. This is a complex process for which Hyperbat employs a unique system using cameras, sensors and vision systems to monitor data for each of the battery components.
Andy continued: “We are one of the few companies to have invested in this advanced manufacturing technology which is enhanced by the research and development work carried out by the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), who offer on-site support to our R&D team and are a perfect example of industry and academia working in partnership.
“This gives Hyperbat a digital advantage when it comes to highly complex battery manufacture for the world’s most demanding customers.”
Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Engineering, Lotus Cars, added his support: “We have been working with Unipart and Hyperbat for several years and are confident in their ability to deliver the quality of product and the level of Tier 1 manufacturing support Lotus needs for such a prestigious project.
“With this in mind, we are therefore delighted to appoint Hyperbat for battery production for Lotus’ first fully electric hypercar.”
Hyperbat has experience across a wide variety of high-performance road car and global electric motorsport programmes and is able to access this expertise and learning to support new customers.
James Hoxey, Commercial Director at Hyperbat, concluded: “We have spent the last few years developing and proving our capability, and this nomination is an important milestone for our business, enabling us to demonstrate what Hyperbat can provide to the market.
“The level of interest in the business and our capability is growing rapidly and further new business will undoubtedly follow.”
Hyperbat is part of a consortium of businesses using the latest 5G-enabled technology to speed-up its manufacturing processes. Partnered with BT, Ericsson and NVIDIA to benefit from the world’s first 5G virtual reality (VR) ‘digital twin’ solution, the company can leverage remote teams in different parts of the country to connect, collaborate and interact using a virtual 3D engineering model.