This year has been an unprecedented year in so many ways. As coronavirus took hold and countries around the world went into lockdown, governments, businesses and consumers have all had had a unique chance to reflect on how we can build back better from the impacts of the pandemic
Despite the challenges of 2020, it has demonstrated our ability to make radical and fast paced changes to the way we live for the greater good, injecting new impetus into the green industrial revolution as we stive toward net zero. Because of this, we at Hyperdrive have continued to grow and support the electrification of new industries and customers, who are increasing realising the business benefits of going electric. We reflect on some of our highlights from 2020 as we look ahead to an exciting New Year.
Hitachi Rail – Supporting zero-emission battery powered rail
This year, we teamed up with Hitachi Rail in an agreement that will bring hundreds of emission-free trains to the UK in the near future. Our partnership with Hitachi will help secure major investment and jobs in the North East, reinforcing the UK’s battery supply chain and keeping the UK on track to reach net zero.
And change could be coming faster than you think – just this week Hitachi announced that Britain’s first long-distance battery-powered trains will be tested on a 300-mile route as early as 2022.
An Electric Decade in Construction
Over the summer, as the UK Government announced plans to ‘build, build build’, the impact of the construction industry came into sharp focus. To measure that impact and highlight the many benefits of electrified construction, we launched a European-wide report on the construction industry’s outlook over the next decade. We spoke to experts from some of the biggest names in Europe’s construction industry, including thought leaders from Wilmott Dixon, Colas Group and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). In the report, experts unanimously forecast a rapid growth in demand for cleaner electric equipment as the sector seeks to maximise efficiency, minimise its contribution to air pollution and scale up productivity post-COVID. Catch our CEO Chris Pennison, discussing the report on Sky News.
Meeting the demand for electrified construction equipment
It wasn’t long after our report was published that we announced fresh partnerships with two leading players in the European construction sector.
Tightening air pollution and emissions legislation, coupled with growing public pressure to decarbonise construction, is rapidly driving up demand for clean electrified construction equipment in the Netherlands. Limach, electric construction machinery specialists, were quick to get on the front foot by partnering with us to electrify a variety of construction equipment from excavators to wheel loaders and wheeled cranes, helping meet the growing demand.
Following closely behind was our multi-million-pound battery partnership with electric forklift specialists, Moffett. The partnership wil instil clean technology into the operational heart of major British brands, including Pets at Home and Topps Tiles. Our batteries will be deployed in Moffett’s near silent, zero-emission forklifts allowing extended working hours and delivering more sustainable warehousing operations for its high-profile customers.
Silent Power – Restoring vital power during COVID-19 crisis
It’s not just the construction industry that’s looking to a greener, clear future. Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has quietly been getting the lights back on for homes and business with its new SilentPower van. The electric vehicle – with an on-board Hyperdrive energy storage system – replaces noisy and polluting diesel generators to quickly and cleanly restore power to homes and businesses during power cuts or essential maintenance work. During the April lockdown, a local pharmacy in South Shields directly benefitted from the van, which continued to power the store during a power cut, meaning that this essential business could continue to operate while the power cut was fixed.
The Sunday Times Tech Track 100
Thanks to all the work our team as put in during this difficult year, Hyperdrive has ranked in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the second year running. The internationally recognised list that ranks the top 100 private tech firms in Britain with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It’s a huge achievement to once again be recognised for our growth this year as we’ve continued to support our partners on their electrification journeys.
Looking ahead to an exciting 2021
We are looking forward to hitting the ground running in 2021 and will be announcing more exciting partnerships with companies pioneering electrified innovation across a variety of industries. Keep your eyes peeled in early 2021 for a new partnership with one of the leading global OEMs in construction machinery. We’re excited to support this major international company to bring industry leading electrified equipment to the global market.
With the global economy rapidly moving away from fossil fuels, demand for electrification is growing across all sectors and we are looking forward to supporting this transition and supporting new technologies and industries with our battery innovations.
One emerging sector we’re excited about continuing to expand into is the autonomous vehicles market. Autonomous vehicles are expected to grow significantly in the next decade as technology improves and the application of these vehicles grows. It is predicted that the market will boom in the coming years with a 10-fold increase from 2019 to 2026, up to an estimated value of $556.67 billion. We are excited to build on our experience supporting Aurrigo this year, powering its autonomous shuttles with our battery packs which were deployed on the European professional golf tour.
None of what we’ve achieved in 2020 could have been done without our team. They are fundamental to everything we do, and we are looking forward to the team’s continued development in 2021 and beyond. We have continued to grow our team in 2020 and now have more than 60 employees. One of our newest members – our recently appointed head of Operations, Paul Turbitt – will bring his vast experience to the team and help us meet our existing customer demand whilst also expanding the company’s product portfolio into 2021 and beyond.
Get in touch
We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their electrification goals. If you’re interested in catching up about our latest battery developments, or want to know how we can help, get in touch.