Preparing to launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2025, Aston Martin has announced a deal with British Volt to develop a custom, high-performance, high-performance cylindrical battery.
The MoU partnership makes Aston Martin the second high-end manufacturer to recently announce a partnership with a battery maker, after Lotus announced it would be using Britishvolt-supplied batteries for a new electric sports car.
The deal supports Aston Martin's plans to launch its first battery-electric vehicle by 2025, with the new model set to set new standards for high-performance electric vehicles. Aston Martin aims to create the most desirable ultra-luxury electric vehicle by setting new standards for track performance, charge times and range.
To achieve this, British Volt - the UK's largest investor in lithium-ion batteries - will offer expertise to develop a new generation of cell and battery technologies designed exclusively for vehicles with high performance potential.
The company says the joint R&D team will focus on the design, development and commercial production of batteries, including custom modules and a battery management system.
The partners will jointly exploit the full potential of a special cylindrical high-performance element developed by BritishVolt for use in Aston Martin's high-performance electric vehicles.
Aston Martin plans to switch to electric vehicles by 2030 and the company has already begun its electrification program. The brand's first plug-in hybrid, the Valhalla mid-engined supercar, will begin deliveries in early 2024, followed by the first electric vehicle a year later. By 2026, all new Aston Martin product lines will have an electrified powertrain option, and by 2030 the core portfolio will be fully electrified.