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Industrial collaborating on electric vehicle battery systems development

  • The University and Ricardo collaboration to develop electric vehicle battery systems.
  • Working with some of the world’s leading automakers.
  • Enable Ricardo to access the facilities and the support of the major investment in battery systems development by the University’s Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering.

The University of South Wales’ Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering and Ricardo are collaborating on electric vehicle battery systems research and development.

The Centre is based within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University. Already a nationally recognised independent research, development, test and certification house in the UK – with a reputation for cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer activities – the Centre is in the process of further expansion.

Ricardo is an international leader in the development of electric vehicle battery systems, and works with some of the world’s leading automakers – from mainstream original equipment manufacturer to electric vehicle specialists. The company has extensive experience in the research and application of new and novel battery cell chemistries, as well as in the product development, engineering, and vehicle integration of production-ready battery packs and battery management systems.

The collaboration provides Ricardo with access to the facilities and the support of the major investment in battery systems development by Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering, while enabling the University to benefit from Ricardo’s knowledge and experience of the challenges of both research and production-intent programmes.

Ricardo Automotive Managing Director, Rory Fisher commented: ‘I am pleased to be able to sign this MoU with the University of South Wales Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering. Ricardo is already a global leader in both vehicle electrification and in the development and application of electric vehicle battery systems and technology … [the Centre] is an important element of the UK’s electrified vehicle development capacity. We look forward to collaborating with … for the mutual benefit of the University and of Ricardo and its electric vehicle customers.’