Aston Martin's first electric vehicle in 2025 will be powered by bespoke batteries developed with Britishvolt, the upstart UK battery manufacturer.
Britishvolt, whose management team includes auto industry veterans from Ford, has been moving fast to ink deals with manufacturers ahead of its start of cell production in 2024. In January, the company, which aims to be the largest battery manufacturer in the UK, signed a deal with sports-car maker Lotus.
The batteries for the upcoming Aston Martin may be a tough challenge. They will not only have to provide the power to deliver the neck-snapping performance Aston Martin buyers expect of the luxury brand, but also a reasonable driving range between charges.
Batteries with a high energy density can store more electricity and deliver long driving ranges between charges. Batteries with higher power density can release more electricity faster, enabling high performance.
The memorandum of understanding the companies signed spells out goals for the new batteries: "To set the standards of repeatable on-track performance, charging time and range."