PowerDrive Line

PowerDrive Line

Enabling ultra-fast charging for advanced battery technologies

Delivering improvements in battery technology is fundamental requirement in enabling the electrification of vehicles that satisfy consumer demands of cost, range, and charge time.


They are therefore key to realising a carbon-neutral future for cities, both in delivering clean personal transportation, and as a method of providing energy storage in support of providing consistent and reliable renewable energy.

Ricardo continue to pursue projects that push the forefront of this technology to higher levels from developing new battery cell chemistries to innovative battery management systems. Ricardo have recently partnered with Ilika — a pioneer in solid state battery technology and materials innovation— and others in an Innovate UK funded project, PowerDrive Line.

Our research is geared at advancing some of these latest technologies with a particular focus on developing a fastcharge capable battery module.

Customer Benefit

Ricardo’s focus will be on developing their Battery Management System (BMS) technology along with effective thermal management strategies, materials selection, and high voltage electronics to enable the fast charging capability. The innovative solid-state battery technology being researched by the PowerDrive Line team will enable cells that are safer without sacrificing calendar and cycle life or energy/power density. This technology will also facilitate ultra-fast charging, enabling a PHEV or EV driver to charge their car in as little as 15 to 25 minutes.


Ricardo will design and construct a prototype battery module to demonstrate the potential in-vehicle performance of the new battery technologies developed within the project. As part of the module development, the company will apply its industry-leading expertise in EV BMS technology to exploit new capabilities for super and ultrafast charging at ratings of 50-350kW. By its incorporation of high processing power and modelbased control capability, Ricardo’s approach is ideally suited to the evaluation of new and innovative cell chemistries. Here the careful monitoring and close control of every aspect of battery cell and pack performance can be essential for effective development and evaluation.