The UK-Alumotor consortium has received an award from the Driving Electric Revolution Challenge fund – through UK Research and Innovation – to establish a UK supply chain for electric machines: leveraging manufacturing expertise to deliver next generation sustainable electric motors.

As vehicle manufacturers look to accelerate the consumer adoption of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, the global market for electric motors is estimated to be worth GBP28.5bn by 2025. It is essential, therefore, that key players in the UK electric vehicles (EV) manufacturing sector, supported by government, act now to enable the nation to capture a significant slice of this substantial growth market.

UK-Alumotor, led by Ricardo with Aspire Engineering, Brandauer, Warwick Manufacturing Group at The University of Warwick, Phoenix Scientific Industries, and Global Technologies Racing, is a consortium formed to develop a supply chain around an innovative proprietary design for an electric motor. The consortium's aim is to grow UK manufacturing capability and develop the next generation of skilled engineers and technicians.

Thanks to the award, the consortium of six partners will develop and refine an electric machine design fit for manufacture in the UK. Over the nine-month project, the partners will identify preferred manufacturing processes, suitable for volume production.

This approach removes the need for scarce material resources associated with costly existing electric machines, whilst disrupting established supply chain monopolies. Through this approach, the consortium seeks to position the UK's power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) capability at the centre of the global electric revolution.