Altair, JLR & Danecca Secure UK Government Funding for Innovative Electric Vehicle Design Process

Mobility Outlook Bureau
07 Dec 2023
06:49 PM
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The project aims to pioneer a groundbreaking design process for electric vehicles, supported by UK Research and Innovation.


Altair has announced the collaboration with JLR and battery manufacturer Danecca, as the consortium secures funding from the U.K. government through the Faraday Battery Challenge.

The project aims to pioneer a groundbreaking design process for electric vehicles, supported by UK Research and Innovation.

The research initiative, funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), will utilise Altair's advanced technology to develop prototypes with lighter bodies, providing increased space for batteries without compromising weight.

JLR will implement Altair’s C123 process, a unique three-stage concept development for body-in-white structures, and employ optimization through Altair OptiStruct, a leading FEA solver in the Altair HyperWorks design and simulation platform.

The project, spanning from Feb. 1, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2025, will continuously explore enhancements through simulation even after ordering components for the prototype vehicles.

Royston Jones, Senior Vice President of Automotive, Altair, said, “Altair’s simulation and data analytics tools will enable the consortium to develop a new design process for electric vehicles and batteries, which will help make these vehicles lighter and more energy-efficient.”

JLR's Battery Technology Senior Manager, Paul Haney, said, “This research project with Altair and Danecca marks an important step forward in creating electric vehicles that deliver sustainable e-mobility for the future.”

Danson Michael Joseph, Managing Director, Danecca, stated, “Our expertise in battery manufacturing, combined with Altair’s simulation and optimization tools, will enable us to create more efficient battery installations that can power the next generation of electric vehicles.”

The collaborative project results, set to remain with JLR, Danecca, and Altair after the funded period, have the potential for broader applications in the electric vehicle industry. The Faraday Battery Challenge's support underscores the importance of innovative approaches to drive advancements in battery technology and sustainable e-mobility.

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