09. 06. 2019 12:06

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Brand new, with high-quality assured: Hyperdrive adds plant to its reach

With an extensive research and development programme, Sunderland-based Hyperdrive has expanded its reach with its move into the plant and equipment market.

Established in 2012, it is now the UK's largest independent battery pack manufacturing facility.

Its Sunderland plant’s location reflects its relationship with Nissan, whose nearby factory produces the Leaf EV.

Hyperdrive manufacturers its battery packs in the UK, and says that its product quality - especially as all packs are new and not from ‘second life’ components, stand it out from competitors.

It produces 30,000 packs a year - each one roughly the size of a carry-on travel bag.

It produces 30,000 packs a year - each one roughly the size of a carry-on travel bag

Working with aerial lift manufacturer Snorkel, it has replaced the existing lead-acid batteries in the firm’s work platforms with the more reliable and efficient power of lithium-ion.

The result is a lower maintenance, quieter and more cost efficient product.

Now, Hyperdrive has also teamed up with JCB to produce the firm’s first electric excavator.

JCB is responding to changing legislation and customer demands for a zero-emissions machine that can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas.

Hyperdrive has teamed up with JCB to produce the firm’s first electric excavator

Working within a short timescale, Hyperdrive was tasked with building a proof-of-concept demonstrator. It replaced the diesel engine with an electric motor and fitted three of its lithium-ion battery packs, with a total energy capacity of 15kWh - making its JCB’s first electric digger.

It allows contractors to work around hospitals, close to schools and after normal hours in urban streets without disturbing people.

Find out more: www.hyperdriveinnovation.com

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