UK-based Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products. The company is incorporating the Nissan-developed, UK-made new and used battery modules in its new intelligent battery systems which can be deployed by manufacturers to power electric and hybrid electric vehicles, as well as providing energy storage for off-grid and back-up utility supplies.
Hyperdrive officially launched the first product incorporating Nissan cell technology at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook earlier this month. The first battery packs are currently being fitted into a number of niche, off-highway vehicles and scalable energy storage for both domestic and commercial markets.
With the launch of the Nissan LEAF in 2010, we pioneered the EV market and we have worked consistently since to advance our battery technology so that we remain at the forefront of the sector. Hyperdrive’s new product will give customers and business owners the flexibility and power to control how and when they use energy and we are delighted to be sharing our battery technology and expertise to power this solution.—Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for manufacturing in the UK
Nissan’s electric vehicle range utilizes battery technology developed in house by the company and both the Nissan LEAF and battery manufacturing was launched in the UK at the brand’s Sunderland manufacturing facility in 2013.