Airbus and Renault Group have signed a research and development agreement which aims at “enhancing transversalities and synergies to accelerate both companies’ electrification roadmaps, improving their respective range of products”.

This deal will help Airbus with technology associated with future hybrid-electric aircraft.

Airbus and Renault engineering teams will work to mature technology related to energy storage, which remains one of the main roadblocks for the development of long range electric vehicles.

The cooperation agreement will notably cover technology bricks related to energy management optimisation and battery weight improvement, and will look for the best pathways to move from current cell chemistries (advanced lithium-ion) to all solid-state designs which could double the energy density of batteries in the 2030 timeframe.

The joint work will also study the full lifecycle of future batteries, from production to recyclability, in order to prepare the industrialisation of these future battery designs while assessing their carbon footprint across their entire lifecycle.

“Uur 10 years of experience in the electric vehicle value chain gives us some of the strongest feedback from the field and expertise in the performance of battery management systems,” said Gilles Le Borgne, EVP, engineering, Renault Group.

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“This cross-industry partnership with Renault Group will help us mature the next generation of batteries as part of Airbus’ electrification,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus chief technical officer.