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Aston Martin has signed an agreement to develop “bespoke high performance” battery technology with Britishvolt.
Aston is planning to launch its first battery-electric car in three years’ time and is apparently “targeting new standards of repeatable on-track performance, charging, and range.”
The two companies will create a joint research and development team that will study the design of battery cells, as well as developing and industrializing them.
“This powerful 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,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda.
“Supplementing the close strategic relationship with our shareholder Mercedes-Benz AG, this partnership provides Aston Martin with additional access to technology and skills to broaden our electrification options. We are proud to be partnering with a UK-based, low-carbon battery manufacturer as part of our ambition to be a leading sustainable ultra-luxury business, with a commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative Net-Zero standard.”
Aston is planning to bring plug power to its lineup in a relatively short space of time. The company’s first plug-in hybrid, the mid-engined Valhalla supercar, will start being delivered to customers in early 2024.
By 2026, the Gaydon-based manufacturer is promising to have an electrified powertrain option for all its cars while its “core portfolio” will be fully electric 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 customised, sustainable battery cell technology that pushes the boundaries of performance. Britishvolt is excited to be collaborating with Aston Martin, helping accelerate that switch to electrification – I believe we make formidable partners,” says Orral Nadjari, founder and CEO of Britishvolt.
This new collaboration between Britishvolt and Aston is, apparently, “complementary” to the automakers’s strategic technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz – which currently produces the engines for the DB-series of cars, as well as the Vanquish, and Vantage. Any investment will be funded by existing capital expenditure commitments to developing electric vehicles, as well.