Next Generation Battery Thermal and Electronic Management Systems

Lead Participant: Vantage Power Limited


This innovative development programme between RDVS and Vantage Power focuses on two core areas of interest in large lithium-ion traction batteries for vehicles: the thermal and electronic management. The novel cooling system will be able to substantially increase the lifetime of current installed hybrid vehicle batteries and also provide a fail safe mechanism against thermal runaway of lithium-ion cells - key innovations in driving the growth of hybrid and electric vehicles into the market. The new electronic management system will use a unique method of communicating cell data around the battery pack and in doing so will increase the safety of a high power lithium-ion battery substantially whilst also decreasing the assembly time by 30%.

Vantage Power Ltd are an award winning company in the niche low carbon vehicle industry. They are a provider of diesel-electric hybrid systems for retrofit into buses in the UK as well as to OE bus manufacturers.

RDVS are a leading supplier to the automotive OEM and Tier 1 market of electronic and electrical systems and services. They have extensive experience in electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, both in systems development and volume production.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer



Vantage Power Limited, LONDON
R & D Vehicle Systems Limited, Banbury £484,802 £ 290,881




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