Trelleborg Signs Onto a Zero Emission Vehicle Technology Project
Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation will undertake a research and development project focused on electric vehicle (EV) battery material and design.
July 22, 2021
Trelleborg is working on a zero emission vehicle technology project. Funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) through The Niche Vehicle Network, Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation will undertake a research and development project focused on electric vehicle (EV) battery material and design, as part of a collaboration with Far-UK Ltd, Great British Sportscars Limited and Engenuity Ltd.
The early stage R&D stream initiative provides a platform for collaborative research in the area of zero emission vehicle technologies within the UK niche vehicle sector.
The focus of the R&D project is to develop a novel material as an alternative to aluminum, that can be integrated into an EV battery to reduce the overall weight of the battery case, supporting the decarbonization of vehicles on the road and reducing emissions through lightweighting.
“We are actively developing new materials within the EV sector, and we know that collaboration is key to understanding industry challenges and speeding up the development process,” says Neil O’Keeffe, technical director, Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in Rochdale, England. “Electric vehicle production is a critical emerging market for Trelleborg, and we are keen to support the progression to electrification. The networking opportunities offered by the Niche Vehicle Network fosters a collaborative approach to industry challenges, leading to the inception of the project team.”
“Building a working proof-of-concept within a vehicle is the end goal for the project,” says Richard Hall, director, Great British Sportscars, Ollerton, England. “Working with other like-minded companies that are focused on innovation is key for us, there is a synergy in our outlook, with this project providing a great basis for knowledge-sharing and collaboration.”
The R&D project is for a 6-month period, with findings and results published during 2022.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.