£9m Investment: Battery, Electric Drive Units.
The UK administration has just distributed £9 million (contemplating fluctuations in exchange, around $11 million) to Aston Martin from its Advanced Propulsion Center as part of support for the evolvement and study of their upcoming modular battery electric platform. Utilizing the financial aid, they are aiming to uncover fresh approaches to save weight, build a novel digital toolchain, and instruct personnel on electrification.
“The award of funding from the APC is another major boost to our electrification strategy and constantly strive for innovation,” said Roberto Fedeli, Group Chief Technology Officer of Aston Martin. “This additional funding will be instrumental in furthering our exploration into the potential of our bespoke BEV platform, allowing us to reach our goal of becoming a leader in the ultra-luxury, high-performance segment of BEV technology. We are grateful for the APC’s generous support and look forward to working with our collaborative partners to make this project a success.”
The brand’s “Racing.Green.” strategy is set to reach its goal of net-zero emissions from its manufacturing facilities by 2030, and net-zero emissions across the entire supply chain by 2039. To make this happen, the company is investing £2 billion over the next five years in combustion and battery technology. The development of an EV platform is seen as a critical step to reach their future sports car and sustainability objectives.
Lucid shall provide Aston Martin with the EV tech and battery components needed to realize this idea. Being ambitious, they aspire for a four-motor configuration at the front axle, thus requiring strategical assembling. As Lucid showcases lean yet potent drive units that even collapse to the size of suitcases, it was a natural option to join forces with them.
The British Government is currently putting in a tremendous effort to ensure the iconic British motor industry does not only confront the change to electric vehicles but also holds onto its well-known character. This has caused ministers to provide funds to BMW Group for the development of additional Mini manufacturing plants within the country and keep conversations open with Tata Motors to make certain JLR doesn’t depart from the UK.
This recent injection of funds into Aston Martin means the car-manufacturer is soon to receive 800volts of traction battery packs and drive-mechanisms, sufficient to construct supercars, hyper-vehicles, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and potentially further possibilities. This undertaking will be sustained with the guidance of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Expert Tooling & Automation, Creative Composites, Fuzzy Logic Studio and WMG, University of Warwick.
The business plans to equip their approaching SUV, coming as close as 2025, with the their most advanced technological tools. This follows a year after the discharge of its first Plug-in Hybrid Valhalla supercar, promised to all awaiting customers by then. It is predicted that by 2030, every automobile manufactured by Aston Martin will display some form of electrification.