Hyperdrive Innovation, the developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology, has celebrated the 5000th battery pack coming off its production line in Sunderland, UK. The landmark has been achieved as Hyperdrive prepares to double the size of its production facility as it expects to produce up to 10,000 packs alone in 2019. The expansion will mean that Hyperdrive has the largest dedicated battery manufacturing facility in the UK, outside major OEMs such as Nissan.
Based at the Future Technology Centre, Sunderland, Hyperdrive was founded in 2012 and established its manufacturing operation in 2015. The facility means customers can access innovative modular battery Li-ion battery packs, incorporating Hyperdrive’s world-leading battery management system. The high-quality packs are designed to be robust, certified to global industry and shipping standards, and flexible so they can be integrated into a wide range of different products. These include construction vehicles, robots, electric cars, off-highway vehicles, autonomous vehicles and stationary energy storage.
Earlier this year, Hyperdrive received the Innovation Award from the NEAA for its universal product developed using Nissan LEAF cell technology. The CEO of the NEAA, Paul Butler, joined the Hyperdrive team to recognise the significant achievement of the 5000th pack manufactured at the site which is another milestone in the development of Hyperdrive. Other landmarks include:
- Producing thousands of bespoke battery packs for a leading online grocer to power robots in its warehouses.
- Manufactured hundreds of battery packs for a global provider of home and commercial energy storage systems
- Development of four different models of its high performance universal modular pack, using Nissan LEAF cell technology, for a range of off-highway vehicle and energy storage applications
- Being awarded UN 38.3 certification, the global shipping standard for transporting Li-ion battery packs worldwide.
Chris Pennison, CEO of Hyperdrive, commented: “The production of our 5000th battery pack is a significant moment for Hyperdrive, and underlines our success over the last six years. The development of our manufacturing facility in Sunderland has supported our growth and allowed us to win contracts from world-leading companies as they look to electrify their fleets. The fact they have chosen Hyperdrive’s market-leading technology is a real testament to the quality of our production and design. We are well positioned for future growth as we plan to double the size of our facility to allow us to fulfil our growing order book.”
Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA said: “Hyperdrive were a founding member of the NEAA and they have come a long way since our launch three years ago. It is excellent news for the region that they are planning to expand. We look forward to continuing working with them and other companies as we aim to promote the north east as a world-leading hub for battery technology, power electronics and electric motors.”