One vehicle please, electric – not petrol.
Mr. Bond may be whizzing after the bad guys in an electric Aston Martin on his next outing. The iconic automaker is due to release its first foray into full electrification in 2025. The battery technology for the vehicle will be developed with Britishvolt, a company that is currently starting to build a factory to manufacture batteries in the North East.
The aim is to create batteries that can provide the sort of performance that Aston Martin drivers expect from the brand’s vehicles. That means delivering acceleration that can be repeated on a regular basis on a racetrack if needed, while still retaining a good driving range. And the battery needs to be capable of being charged quickly. All of which is quite a challenge for an EV battery.
Aston Martin’s collaboration with Britishvolt, the UK’s foremost investor in lithium-ion battery cell technologies, brings together two leading UK engineering companies to create the next generation of cell and battery technology designed specifically for high performance cars.
A joint research and development team from Aston Martin and Britishvolt will design, develop, and industrialise battery packs, including bespoke modules and a battery management system. The two organisations will work together to maximise the capability of special cylindrical cells being developed by Britishvolt for use in high performance Aston Martin electric vehicles.
Aston Martin’s first plug-in hybrid – the mid-engine supercar Valhalla – will commence deliveries in early 2024. By 2026, all new Aston Martin product lines will have an electrified powertrain option, with a target for its core portfolio to be fully electrified by 2030.
Britishvolt’s aim is to establish the UK as the leading force in battery technology and associated ecosystem infrastructure. The company is working with leading strategic partners/suppliers to achieve this.
The start of production of phase one of Britishvolt’s first full-scale Gigaplant – which is situated on the old coal stocking yard of the former Blyth Power Station in Cambois, Northumberland – is scheduled for 2024.