Duo collaborate on EV battery development

24th January 2018
Lanna Cooper


The University of South Wales’ Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering and Ricardo have announced that they intend to collaborate on Electric Vehicle (EV) battery systems research and development.

The Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering (CAPSE) is based within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. Already a nationally recognised independent research, development, test and certification house in the UK - with a reputation for research and knowledge transfer activities - CAPSE is in the process of further expansion.

Ricardo is already well known for the development of EV battery systems, and works with automakers - from mainstream OEMs to EV specialists. The company has extensive experience in the research and application of new and novel battery cell chemistries, as well as in the product development, engineering, and vehicle integration of production-ready battery packs and battery management systems.

The collaboration announced will provide Ricardo with access to the facilities and the support of the major investment in battery systems development by CAPSE, while also enabling the University to benefit from Ricardo’s knowledge and experience of the challenges of both research and production-intent programmes.

“I am pleased to be able to sign this MoU with the University of South Wales Centre for Automotive and Power System Engineering,” commented Ricardo Automotive MD Rory Fisher.

“Ricardo is already a global leader in both vehicle electrification and in the development and application of EV battery systems and technology. CAPSE is an important element of the UK’s electrified vehicle development capacity. We look forward to collaborating with CAPSE for the mutual benefit of the University and of Ricardo and its electric vehicle customers.”

Jonathan Williams, Director of CAPSE at the University of South Wales, said: “CAPSE’s mission is to support businesses and other organisations to develop the next-gen of low carbon technologies, and in doing so support the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities. As a leading independent UK based automotive and powertrain research and development organisation, Ricardo will bring valuable industrial experience of the development of electric vehicle systems, and we look forward to working with them.”

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