UK Companies Show Off EV Technologies

Three British companies showed off their electric vehicle drivetrain technologies at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in Westminster, London today.

At a media event that also included an address from Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of hybrids and electrification and former Science Minister Lord Drayson, the UK-based businesses – Axeon, Sevcon and YASA Motors – demonstrated how their technologies are being used in today and tomorrow’s electric vehicles.

According to those companies, together, the three firms provide core technologies within current and future electric drivetrains – from battery, through controller, to drive motor.

The British Government has indicated its desire for the UK to lead European design and manufacturing of electrified vehicles, with domestics playing a key role.

Axeon is a European independent supplier of lithium-ion batteries and has provided battery packs for vehicles as diverse as Jaguar’s XJ_e plug-in hybrid research project and a diesel-electric range-extended light commercial vehicle designed and engineered by another British company, Revolve Technologies.

Sevcon is a UK-based company, listed on the NASDAQ, supplying motor controllers to vehicles including Brammo electric motorcycles, the Renault Twizy and heavy commercial vehicles.

YASA Motors provides high power density, low cost electric traction motors with automotive applications ranging from niche performance vehicles, through light commercial vehicles and buses to high volume passenger cars. In addition the unique YASA motor topology is finding applications in a broad range of non-automotive market sectors.

A number of vehicles that use technologies from one or more of these British companies were on display at the event, including the Drayson Racing electric B12/69EV Le Mans car, Delta E4 coupe and the Renault Twizy.

Peter Richings, director of hybrids and electrification at Jaguar Land Rover – a customer of many British automotive suppliers – gave a vehicle manufacturer’s perspective and Lord Drayson spoke about the importance of a strong UK low carbon automotive sector.