Future generations will be using vehicles, which have batteries as their primary source of energy. They will be able to charge, travel, discharge to the grid and recharge at will. There will need to be completely different business models developed around how energy is stored and used.
It is estimated that 50% of vehicle production by 2030 will be electric or plug-in hybrid electric.
Faraday Challenge – battery development for the electrification of vehicles
This week, Greg Clark announced that the Government, through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, is launching the Faraday Challenge - a £246m commitment over the next four years on battery development for the automotive electrification market opportunity.
- A new ‘application-inspired’ research programme coordinated at national scale
- An innovation programme to support collaborative research and development with co-investment from industry
- A scale-up programme to allow companies of all sizes to rapidly move new battery technologies to market
The UK has world class expertise across a range of areas in battery science and has already built a significant number of research networks and pilot facilities upon which this challenge will build.
Compatible infrastructure and a unified transport and energy system are also critical to electric vehicle uptake. The recently launched £20 million Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) competition seeks to support this by funding projects which aid the interaction between electric vehicles and the grid, paving the way for widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
Research, innovation and scale up
This is a comprehensive research, innovation and scale up programme, focussed on batteries from their raw materials and electrochemistry to end of life treatment, encompassing:
- cell manufacture
- battery pack design and assemblies
- vehicle application
By any scale this is a game changing investment in the UK and will make people around the globe take notice of what the UK is preparing for in terms of electric vehicle introduction.
The movement from the internal combustion engine to an electric vehicle is transformative. It’s entirely different technology and at present an entirely different cost structure. This poses both risks but also huge opportunities for the UK economy.
The programme will develop safe, cost effective, durable, lighter weight, high performing and recyclable batteries which will power the next generation of electric vehicles. This will involve businesses with a wide range of materials and manufacturing capabilities from across different sectors, creating a new supply chain to support battery production in the UK at scale.
Paving the way for driverless cars
Alongside this there is legislation moving through Parliament, the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, which will pave the way for autonomous and connected driverless cars. The UK is at the forefront of legislative and regulatory change in order to enable this technology to be deployed in the UK which will be based on electric and Ultra Low Emission vehicles.
Battery benefits beyond automotive
Whilst clearly this Faraday Challenge will concentrate on batteries for electric vehicles it will have wider spillover benefits in how batteries could be applied in other environments:
- distributed energy
- energy for the home
- energy on the move
This programme will help the UK meet its climate change obligations and pollution reduction targets.
Learn more about the related funding competitions we're delivering:
- Faraday Challenge: Innovation - feasibility studies
- Faraday Challenge: Innovation - research and development
- Faraday Challenge: Scale up - National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility
- APC8: Anchoring low carbon technology in the UK
- Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: feasibility studies
- Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: collaborative research and development
- Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: real-world demonstrators
- Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: feasibility studies
- Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: research and development
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