A new high-volume powertrain manufacturing facility is to be established in the UK to deliver products developed by the collaborative e-MOTIF project (electric MOTor, Inverter, Flywheel). Utilizing the manufacturing capability of Shield Engineering Group, the project will employ Empel’s e-Motor and Punch Flybrid’s “F-Boost” Flywheel Energy Storage System.
The Warwickshire facility will be initially capable of producing 25,000 units per year and is expected to be operative from May 2023. The consortium, led by Shield, also includes Empel Systems, Punch-Flybrid and PFS Manufacturing. The consortium was one of three applicants to be awarded APC-17 funding as part of a £54m (US$65.2m) joint industry and government investment in R&D.
Empel co-founder and director Jason King said, “Increasing Empel’s speed and capacity for manufacture, this new facility will benefit our team in applying their expertise across the UK supply chain to revolutionize the electric vehicle sector.”
Chris Shield of Shield Engineering Group said, “We at Shield are delighted to be involved with this market-leading investment into electric motor manufacturing. By working closely with our collaboration partners, we have been able to develop motor products to meet many customers’ technical applications at a highly competitive price with the highest quality componentry and assembly.”