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About:Energy enters technical partnership with McMurtry to enhance Spéirling’s battery technology


McMurtry Spéirling cars, record breaking car

  • About:Energy partners with McMurtry Automotive to enhance battery technology of the Spéirling PURE.

  • Partnership provides McMurtry Automotive access to cutting-edge technology to improve battery lifetime and performance

  • About:Energy will conduct its world-leading battery testing and modelling of the ultra-high-power Molicel P50B lithium-ion battery cell to characterise the cell’s performance for McMurtry to further enhance their battery pack

  • The announcement highlights About:Energy’s expanded offering of battery development software for high performance applications in motorsports and hypercars

 

London, UK, 30th April 2024 - About:Energy, a world-leading innovator in battery development software is today announcing its partnership with McMurtry Automotive, a pioneer in electric vehicle innovation, to further enhance the battery technology for their record-breaking McMurtry Spéirling and Spéirling PURE customer cars.


This strategic collaboration between About:Energy and McMurtry brings together unparalleled expertise in electric vehicle innovation, battery testing and modelling to improve the battery lifetime and performance of their vehicles by harnessing the latest high-performance Molicel P50B battery.


The Molicel P50B, with its 5.0Ah 21700 form factor lithium-ion cell, presents the best power-to-energy ratio and highest ever energy density of 260 Wh/kg (714 Wh/l), surpassing previous benchmarks.


About:Energy will accurately model the battery cell behaviour and characterise the P50B cell’s performance, which will enable McMurtry engineers to integrate About:Energy’s crucial data into the design and simulations of their battery packs to maximise efficient fast charging and increased cycle life performance.


Gavin White, CEO and Co-Founder of About:Energy said:

“We’re working in parallel with McMurtry on the quickest and most in-depth battery knowledge transfer to date to accelerate the development process of McMurtry’s vehicles. Our aim is to eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming in-house battery testing by arming companies and their engineering teams with direct access to world-leading advanced battery intelligence, so they can build better batteries, and accelerate timelines by reducing reliance on physical testing.”

McMurtry is renowned for pushing the limits of electric vehicle performance. Its Spéirling hyper car became one of the world's fastest pure electric cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb in 2022, setting a record time of 39.08 seconds, and since demonstrated a world beating 0-60mph time of just 1.40 seconds.


Kevin Ukoko-Rongione, Chief Engineer, at McMurtry Automotive said: 

“Working with About:Energy feels like an extension to our in house team. Their engineers are proactive in supporting us to make the most of the battery data and insights obtained from their world class testing facilities. The benefit to us is a quicker time to market, and the benefit to our customers will be a battery pack which has both optimised performance and enhanced lifespan.” 
McMurtry and About:Energy teams discussing the outputs from our models.
McMurtry and About:Energy teams discussing the outputs from our models.
McMurtry Chief Engineer, Kevin Ukoko-Rongione and About:Energy CEO, Gavin White shaking hands
McMurtry Chief Engineer, Kevin Ukoko-Rongione (left) and About:Energy CEO, Gavin White (right).

Both companies are working closely together to empower McMurtry’s engineering team with enhanced data and virtual tools. This includes several workshops to support and familiarise engineers with the complex testing process and data outputs needed to optimise battery designs to push the limits of electric vehicle performance.


The announcement highlights About:Energy’s expanded offering and the importance of battery development software for high performance applications such as motorsports and hypercars.

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