At MEP, our mission is to be at the forefront of battery technology.
And we firmly believe that sharing ideas and knowledge across industry sectors is the best way to achieve this goal.
We’re always open to new collaborations, new faces, new projects and new technologies. If you’ve got a project in mind that you think we’d be great teammates for, then get in touch.
We’re helping to retrofit existing fossil fuelled black cabs as electric vehicles. The collaborative project, named ‘FlexiMod’, seeks to save costs in both carbon emissions created by new vehicle manufacture, and also aims to become a cheaper solution than buying a new electric taxi outright.
Our role in the collaboration is to produce a highly flexible, liquid-cooled battery module able to support multiple series-parallel configurations. For the layman, this means that the battery’s power output will be flexible depending on differing voltage, capacity and space requirements of the vehicle, and will be cooled rapidly by a liquid plate system. Ultimately, this flexibility means the new battery module will be adaptable for other uses beyond taxis, such as in off-road vehicles, or other automotive use.
Our latest automotive project is called HANA, and is a large battery module designed to power an all-terrain vehicle for both manned and unmanned purposes. The battery module has a liquid cooling method integrated into the battery management system – in the event of a thermal runaway (which is the industry term for a fire), the whole module will fill with a specialised liquid and mitigate any further damage. HANA is a prototype, and she’s just about to be sent off to a firm based in Somerset for fitting and test driving in an ATV – but she represents a bright future for electric off-road vehicles.
We are also focusing on new battery technology for HGVs. The project’s aim is to produce a lightweight, fire-safe battery enclosure for zero emission trucks, which addresses current road freight sector concerns regarding range/payload and lithium-ion battery safety.
Working alongside Composites Evolution Ltd, the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Engineering, and Carr Reinforcements Ltd, our role in the project is two-fold. Firstly, MEP will collect market research from current and future clients to share with our collaborators. Then, in later stages of the project, we will then design, develop, prototype and test a working battery module. This module will be capable of detecting and supressing a thermal event – which is the industry term for a fire. Should this occur, our Battery Management System will react by flooding the battery segment to make safe and therefore mitigate a thermal runaway event.