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Sunderland-based innovator and manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation were winners at the North East Automotive Alliance’s (NEAA) inaugural Annual Awards Dinner and is helping to support the engineers of the future by donating their £2000 prize to Big Bang North East.

At the forefront of technical advances and the first company in the world to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products, Hyperdrive Innovation was deservedly awarded the NEAA Innovation Award, sponsored by University of Sunderland, at the inaugural North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) Annual Awards on 9 February.  The company received £2000 to donate to a local project of its choice to support an automotive or STEM related project.

Big Bang Near Me is a UK-wide programme of regional events to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The showcase event ‘Bring It On’ will see thousands of pupils from regional schools attend the two-day event at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland on 3 and 4 October. The event will raise the aspirations and awareness of young people in the North East about STEM based subjects and to interact with regional employers and see engineering brought to life.

Hyperdrive develops innovative technologies to power electric vehicles, homes and businesses.  They bring to the market clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels, working with national and international brands to electrify their fleets for vehicle use in city centres, construction sites and transport hubs. 

From its Sunderland base the company’s patented battery management technology and modular battery systems are being deployed in automotive, off-highway, industrial and marine applications.  Its R&D team is developing faster charging, higher efficiency controls for a range of battery chemistries which meet differing vehicle duty cycle requirements. In addition the company has developed advanced telematics with CanBUS connection to enable OEMs and Fleet Managers to monitor electric vehicles remotely.

The NEAA has been established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England. The NEAA provides a single unified voice to key stakeholder groups and promotes the true value created by the North East’s Automotive sector. 

Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA added “The awards provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase automotive excellence here in the North East of England, and it was no surprise that Hyperdrive Innovation came away as Innovation winners from the evening.  However, thanks to the support of our sponsors our winners have been able to donate over £18,000 to support the sectors skills activities; recognising our future talent and further strengthening our links to education.”

Stephen Irish, Commercial Managing Director at Hyperdrive Innovation said, “We’re truly thrilled to have won the Innovation Award and donate our winnings to Big Bang North East. The region is a major hub for engineering, manufacturing, research and innovation and we’re very proud to be inspiring local school children into STEM careers.”