UK-based battery maker Hyperdrive Innovation has opened the doors to HYVE, a new battery manufacturing facility at the company’s Sunderland UK home base.
Hyperdrive says the new facility will allow it to produce up to 30,000 battery packs annually. Since moving to Sunderland in 2014, the company has invested £7 million in its manufacturing capabilities.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre, a public-private partnership between the UK government and car makers, played a major role in the early stages of Hyperdrive’s growth. The High Energy Density Battery Project (HEDB), a partnership with Nissan funded by a £9.7-million grant from APC, enabled Hyperdrive to bring its latest battery technology to market.
Last year, the company completed a £40-million deal with Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxlink to use Hyperdrive’s intellectual property to produce and sell its modular battery pack in Asia.
Chris Pennison, CEO of Hyperdrive, says, “We’re working with some of the most forward-thinking and innovative organizations in the world as their trusted electrification and energy storage partner. HYVE enables us to deliver a high-quality product, providing our customers with the right energy at the right time.”