UK manufacturers leading the charge at Battery Show North America EV tech expoEngineering360 News Desk | September 13, 2022
Under the banner of the U.K. Pavilion, 14 of the U.K.’s most innovative automotive businesses will exhibit at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, September 13 through September 15, as part of a wider campaign to promote Britain’s clean automotive capability to a global audience of manufacturers, investors and tech businesses.
The collective of businesses exhibiting as part of the U.K. Pavilion includes names such as Helix, which designs and manufactures high-performance automotive electric and hybrid motor and inverter solutions, along with Reaction Engines’ offering of sustainable thermal management systems which contribute to increased safety in electric vehicles (EVs). Other leading representatives include battery enhancement software specialist Breathe Battery Technologies (BBT), Avocet Battery Materials (ABM), the U.K.’s largest distributor of foils for new battery technologies, plus:
Eatron — Experts in artificial intelligence-enabled battery management software
Paragraf — The first business to mass produce graphene-based next-generation semiconductor devices
Transense — A producer of next-generation Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology used to measure torque, temperature, force and pressure
RML Group — A world-leader in battery design, development and production
Electric North East England — An organization dedicated to promoting the North East of England as a prime location for electrification and battery technology design and production
Delta Cosworth Ltd — An electrified powertrain specialist, based at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit, in the heart of the U.K.'s high-performance technology cluster
Cambridge Vacuum Engineering — An expert in electronic beam and laser welding to support the production of EV components
Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions — A technology leader in EV battery triaging and remanufacturing of failed battery packs to ensure optimal battery and vehicle performance
TeraView — A business that offers electrode coating optimization and inspection capabilities to help improve quality and reduce waste within the battery manufacturing process
Williams Advanced Engineering — synonymous with engineering, this business is driving the electrification trend through innovation in battery material technology
Described as ‘the battery industry’s biggest event’, the three-day exhibition draws over 10,000 attendees annually with 750+ expert suppliers from the automotive electrification supply chain and follows on from the successful European leg of the international event series, which was held in Stuttgart, Germany, in July.
British manufacturing solutions for range anxiety
The event takes place at a crucial time for the EV industry, as public interest in sustainable transportation continues to grow rapidly. According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), new car registration figures earlier this year in the U.K. showed a 78.7% year-on-year increase in the number of electric models sold, with battery-EVs (BEVs) making up 16.1%.
Crucially, the average range of new battery-operated cars has now also increased to 260 miles per charge. Not only does this underline the significant technological progress that has been made in recent years, but it also represents a major step in overcoming concerns around range anxiety, one of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of EVs.
U.K. EV market in the spotlight
Philippa Oldham, stakeholder engagement director at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, commented: “EV is on a rapid upward trajectory and the U.K. is ready to lead the way for a mass adoption of battery-powered vehicles, particularly as the world gears up to phase out diesel and petrol internal combustion engines by 2035. Our great British manufacturing and development of cleantech is playing a vital role in the evolution of the EV market, offering greater reliability and extended range capabilities.
“The U.K. Pavilion provides a unique platform to a diverse mix of established and SME automotive businesses, with each one showcasing the strength of U.K. clean automotive in a bid to create new opportunities for Britain’s thriving automotive sector.”