Innovation Showcase: Hyperdrive Innovation

Hyperdrive battery management system

Innovation Showcase: Hyperdrive Innovation

Hyperdrive Innovation has been selected to exhibit in the Innovation Showcase at this year's VentureFest North East. We caught up with the business to find out more about what they do, and why they entered the showcase.

Describe your business in no more than 60 words

Hyperdrive brings to the market clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels, working with national and international brands to electrify their fleets for vehicle use in city centres, construction sites and transport hubs. Our high performance energy systems are present in a wide range of applications, from automotive passenger and municipal vehicles, to airport ground fleets, autonomous pods and warehouse robots.

What prompted you to enter the innovation showcase?

Having previously worked with the NE BIC we were delighted to hear about the Innovation Showcase. The North East is such an amazing region with truly cutting edge businesses based here, so it’s the perfect opportunity to not only showcase our technology, but also meet other like minded businesses and promote the region.

Describe the innovation that you’ve entered the showcase with. 

We are the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for our own commercial products and hold key intellectual property which puts us at the forefront of technological advances.

From our facilities in Sunderland, we hold an exclusive position in that we can take electric vehicle and energy storage projects seamlessly through design, integration and scalable manufacture, all from under one roof. We offer tailored systems to fulfil the unique requirements of each project undertaking prototyping and pilot manufacturing to support customers market development and certification requirements, scaling up to volume manufacture.

Our 48V lithium-ion battery pack is now commercially available and has recently passed the globally recognised UN38.3 rigorous transportation safety test, enabling us to export products worldwide without hindrance.

How would you describe that innovation to your grandparents?

Good question! Clean energy battery packs that power vehicles and buildings.

What are the best and worst parts of trying to be innovative in your business?

 Having free reign to forecast where markets, technology and products may go in future is fantastic. Although it always needs to be recognized with the daily challenges of product delivery and supportive demanding customers on challenging projects.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Managing rapid growth; putting in systems and processes without stifling innovation along with ensuring we continue to attract staff of the very highest calibre.

Where do you get support and advice to help you run your business?

Being part of networks such as the North East Automotive Alliance and Entrepreneurs Forum is extremely important to share experiences and draw inspiration. Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre have been very supportive along with Sunderland City Council who have been exceptionally positive.

What does being chosen for the innovation showcase mean to you?

It’s great to be recognised as an innovative business with the opportunity to showcase our capabilities and technology to potential customers. It’s also a chance for us to show off a bit to attract the very best talent as we expand our workforce.

Where do you see your company in five years’ time?

The sheer scale of growth of both the battery energy storage market and the electrification of vehicles means that we’re extremely optimistic. Two or three fold growth each year seems perfectly feasible.

What would you tell businesses who are hoping to be more innovative?

Keep looking at the markets you’re in and the technology trends. Exploit your position of insight to give your customers what they need before they even realise it themselves.

Come and see the region's latest innovations for yourself, and get a unique chance to talk to the people behind the big ideas by registering for VentureFest North East here