UK companies show off world-leading electric vehicle technologies

02 October 2012 #SMMT News

The latest exhibit on show at SMMT demonstrates the UK’s world-leading electric vehicle (EV) technologies. Three UK companies – Axeon, Sevcon and YASA Motors – displayed their EV drivetrain products at a media event in Westminster today, organised and run by Automotive PR.

The three exhibitors demonstrated how their technologies underpin current and future EV models like those on display at SMMT, including the Drayson Racing electric B12/69EV Le Mans car, Delta Motorsport E4 coupe and the Renault Twizy.

Axeon is Europe’s leading independent supplier of lithium-ion batteries and has provided advanced battery packs for vehicles as diverse as Jaguar’s plug-in hybrid XJ_e and a diesel-electric range-extended light commercial vehicle, designed and engineered by another British company, Revolve Technologies.

Sevcon is a UK-based company, listed on the NASDAQ, with a truly global presence, supplying motor controllers to vehicles including Brammo electric motorcycles, the Renault Twizy and heavy commercial vehicles.

YASA Motors began as a spin-out from Oxford University and is now a respected leader in high-performance electric motors, with applications ranging from motorsport to municipal.

Together, the three companies provided a complete overview of the EV drivetrain – from battery, through controller, to motor.

The event also included presentations from former Science Minister, Lord Drayson, who spoke about the importance of a strong UK low carbon automotive sector and Peter Richings, Group Chief Engineer, Hybrid Technologies at Jaguar Land Rover, who delivered the vehicle manufacturer’s perspective.

UK businesses are leading global advances in EV technology and the government has indicated its desire for the UK to spearhead European design and manufacturing of these vehicles, with domestic SMEs playing a key role.

This event was not organised or run by SMMT. If you have any questions about the event please contact Automotive PR directly.

Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.

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