Hyperdrive Innovation: proprietary technology and bespoke manufacturing - the future of electric vehicles

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The recent government decision to ban combustion engines by 2040 has changed conversation with customers.

Hyperdrive-Battery-Management-System-290X217Hyperdrive Innovation is a scale-up stage SME that uses proprietary technology to provide solutions for challenging applications for electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems (for example - storing energy generated by home solar panels, or businesses and factories that want to avoid using energy at peak times of demand and use batteries instead).

Established in 2012 and based at the Future Technology Centre in Sunderland, the company has been growing twofold or threefold every year in headcount and revenue and currently employs over 40 people. 

They are unique in their space in that they not only develop new technology, but also volume manufacture it and keep the technology ownership in-house, while licensing bespoke battery systems to customers for their own applications.

Hyperdrive have also invested heavily into their own standard battery product range that can be used in a variety of applications, which they have recently taken through its UN38.3 Transportation Testing certification. This has enabled Hyperdrive Innovation to ship globally without hindrance.

They will soon be launching a new, higher energy density version of their modular battery pack that has a lot more energy in a smaller space, while vastly improving the cost per kWh (Kilowatt hour). Hyperdrive-48V-Battery-Pack-290X217

For Hyperdrive Innovation to succeed their customers need to succeed first. They help their customers find the right system solutions and assist them with the mechanical and electrical integration with their product. Often when they build a proof of concept for a client they will also help them produce prototypes and work with them to implement those in their own engineering teams, as well as supply them with products at the end of the process. 

The recent decision by government to ban all internal combustion engines by 2040 has raised awareness for the topic of electrifying vehicles and has had a big impact on Hyperdrive Innovation and their customers’ strategy. It allowed Hyperdrive to move the conversation with clients from if the change to electric powered vehicles will happen to when it will happen. 

Stephen Irish, Hyperdrive Innovation's Commercial Managing Director, said:

“We are already seeing an increase in customer take-up. I think this is a game-changing moment and it is very exciting.”


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