Scottish battery maker AMTE Power has been selected as the lead supplier in a new government-funded three-year project called Ultra focused on bringing two AMTE Power lithium-ion batteries to automotive readiness.

The project will be part-funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) with a grant of £5m.

The APC is a government-funded body focused on supporting the UK automotive industry in the lead-up to the electrification of the new car market in 2030. The funding will be divided between AMTE Power and three other automotive supply chain companies with AMTE Power receiving £2.3m.

Global automotive manufacturers will be closely involved in the project as steering partners providing guidance on technical and commercial requirements of AMTE’s batteries, with the key aim of the programme being to ensure they are ready for volume manufacture.

The three other automotive supply chain companies involved in the Ultra project are: Magtec, a British designer and manufacturer of drive systems for electric and hybrid vehicles; Petalite, a leader in electric vehicle charging; and precision metal supplier Avocet.

As part of the project, the Ultra high-power cell will be sent to steering partners for external validation and adoption in their vehicle prototypes. Similarly, the Ultra Energy cell will be demonstrated working in Magtec’s two commercial electric vehicle prototypes.

Kevin Brundish, chief executive officer of AMTE Power, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to lead this project. The APC selects companies that they believe will be key players in the UK’s electric vehicle supply chain, and funds projects that will take products into this high-volume market. Working closely with leading automotive manufacturers and supply chain companies is an ideal position to be in as we work towards the volume production of our products. Importantly, this project will not affect the existing commercialisation plans for these cells, as set out at the time of our IPO, it will instead be complementary and focus on readiness to mass produce for our targeted automotive client base.”