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Hyperdrive Innovation, the Sunderland-based developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology, has been chosen to represent the UK at the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) Spring Conference, starting on 23 May 2018.

Hyperdrive joins 16 other innovative companies based in the UK at the UK Pavilion organised by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). The companies will showcase the latest low carbon and connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) solutions to vehicle manufacturers and major suppliers in Japan.

At the conference, Hyperdrive will be exhibiting its second generation modular battery system incorporating Nissan’s leading lithium-ion cells. The new model holds more energy and offers significantly better value for both electric vehicle and energy storage manufacturers making the transition to clean energy.  Hyperdrive’s newest battery packs are more compact, providing 50% more energy density and a significantly lower cost per kWh.

The trip is the third time Hyperdrive has been invited to attend JSAE. The Company has strong links with the Japanese automotive industry through its relationship with Nissan. Hyperdrive has a global supply agreement to incorporate Nissan’s leading lithium-ion cells into its high-performance battery systems. In 2018, Hyperdrive signed a long-term agreement with one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, Foxlink Group to manufacture, sell and distribute its modular battery pack under Hyperdrive’s intellectual property rights across Asia.

Stephen Irish, Founder and Managing Director – Commercial, Hyperdrive Innovation said: “It is a great honour to be invited back to JSAE to represent the UK along with other forward thinking companies.  Japan is at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and JSAE provides a fantastic opportunity to develop existing contacts and further explore new export markets.

 Garry Wilson, Director – Business Development, Marketing and Communications at APC, said: “Companies like Hyperdrive demonstrate that, as a destination for the development and production of cutting-edge low-carbon powertrain and CAV technology, Britain is GREAT.  The UK is also home to some of the world’s leading universities. The APC harnesses this wealth of expertise in automotive advanced research through its Spoke network, driving innovation, expertise and diversity into the heart of automotive.”