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Electric Vehicles: Batteries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of the former Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 11 June 2019, Official Report, column 523, when the Faraday Battery Challenge plans to report on battery degradation.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government’s £274 million Faraday Battery Challenge aims to extend battery pack life to be equivalent to the life of a car by 2035. Industry and academic partners are working on research and development projects to explore factors affecting degradation; they regularly publish scientific papers on their findings.

An £11 million “Extending Battery Life” project, funded by the Faraday Institution, has published more than 15 scientific papers on understanding battery degradation mechanisms and is moving into solving them. Their Multi-Scale Modelling project is also looking at battery degradation and modelling tools to improve battery design. In addition to these large projects, two of the three Faraday industry sprints also relate to battery degradation and will deliver within 6 to 14 months.

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