Hyperbat’s EV battery expertise wins multi-million Lotus Evija contract

The Hyperbat EV battery facility has been designed to support low-volume, high-performance vehicles and mid-volume specialist vehicle applications to help its customers transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to EVs.

OXFORD, England – 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.

Hyperbat was formed to combine Williams Advanced Engineering’s (WAE) EV battery expertise with 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. It will manufacture the 90kWh lithium-ion battery packs destined for use in the first British-made all-electric hypercar.

Full production will occur at the firm’s brand-new production line at Unipart Manufacturing Group’s site in Coventry.

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.

“This comes from decades of experience as a first-tier automotive industry manufacturer and is an example of how Hyperbat can continue Britain’s heritage at the frontier of technological innovation in the automotive industry, coupled with Unipart’s expertise in execution.

“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 battery component.

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 in 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 delighted to appoint Hyperbat for battery production for Lotus’ first fully electric hypercar.”

Hyperbat has experience across a wide variety of high-performance road cars and global electric motorsport programs and can access this expertise and learn to support new customers.

The company is committed to selecting the best and most competitive supply solutions. It is actively engaged with the Advanced Propulsion Centre to grow the UK’s EV supply chain capability through its “H1perChain” project.

Andy Davis added: “We are immensely proud to have been chosen as the battery manufacturer for this prestigious program. We are delighted to be delivering a premium battery for a premium application. Our success in battery manufacturing focuses on three things – getting the core processes right, ensuring repeatability and reliability of the complete manufacturing process, and accelerating speed to market.

“Hyperbat is now working with its shareholders and partners across government, industry, and academia to ensure it continues to develop the skills needed for the UK to lead the way in battery manufacturing.”

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 their 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.


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