Battery pioneer Britishvolt has signed an agreement with luxury carmaker Aston Martin to develop bespoke battery cell technology designed specifically for high-performance cars. The collaboration supports Aston Martin’s plans to launch its first battery-electric vehicle in 2025.
A joint R&D team will design, develop and industrialize battery packs, including bespoke modules and a battery management system. The two companies will work together to maximize the capability of cylindrical cells being developed by Britishvolt for use in Aston Martin EVs.
Aston Martin’s first plug-in hybrid, the mid-engine supercar Valhalla, will commence deliveries in early 2024. The automaker says all its new product lines will have an electrified powertrain option by 2026, and hopes to electrify its core portfolio by 2030.
“For a prestigious marque such as Aston Martin, staying true to its world-renowned brand of ultra-luxury, high-performance vehicles, whilst transitioning to electrification, means insisting on customized, sustainable battery cell technology that pushes the boundaries of performance,” said Britishvolt founder and CEO Orral Nadjari. “This collaboration once again highlights the value of working hand-in-glove with customers to co-develop and manufacture tailored, sustainable, localized battery cells.”
“This collaboration combines Aston Martin’s 109 years of engineering mastery with the expertise of a fast-growing UK technology business. Working together with Britishvolt, I believe we can create new technologies to power benchmark-setting Aston Martin electric cars that will match our reputation for high performance and ultra-luxury with the highest standards of sustainability,” said Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Tobias Moers.