MORE than 50 new jobs have been created in Coventry as part of an £11.3million project to help the UK ‘compete in the electrification race’ by scaling up battery pack manufacturing.
The H1perChain project, which was funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), and led by Hyperbat, has successfully developed an automated pilot line for module/pack assembly, cell joining and in-line testing.
The project has also come up with a new laser welding joining process.
Another 25 jobs are set to be created at the state-of-the-art production facility in Coventry.
Jon Bell, Project Lead at Hyperbat, said: “The brief was to find a way of reducing costs whilst increasing performance and meeting lead times, something we believe we are well on the way to achieving with the pilot line successfully assembling packs and a ‘digital twin’ in play to scale up production into the tens of thousands.”
“Importantly, we have won our first commercial project, which has started to go into production.
“If the UK is going to compete in the electrification race, it is critical we have a domestic battery-making capability and a supportive supply chain in place.”