CCP Gransden is developing technologies for future electric vehicles with advanced lightweight composite research that will help deliver longer zero-emissions range, greater performance, and a more dynamic driving experience.
CCP Gransden is the advanced composite manufacturing expert in the Project Tucana consortium.
Project Tucana also involves Jaguar Land Rover, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), EXPERT Tooling and Automation, Broetje-Automation UK, Toray International UK, and The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS).
Key facts about the project:
- This advanced composite research and development will help make the UK a global leader in low-carbon technology.
- Future electric vehicles using advanced composites will be lighter, go faster, and go further.
- Five million tonnes of CO₂ emissions will be prevented between 2023 and 2032.
- Aluminium and steel vehicle and powertrain structures will be replaced with lightweight advanced composite upgrades.
- £35m+ project, (£18.7m UK Government funding).
- Jaguar Land Rover aims to increase their vehicles’ stiffness by 30%, cut weight by 35kg, and enhance crash safety structure. The extra capacity will be utilised to fit larger and more powerful batteries with increased range.
Despite being one of the smaller members of the consortium, CCP Gransden’s manufacturing know-how has made the firm a key contributor. CCP Gransden is also exploring ways to sustainably scale up manufacture of the structures.
CCP Gransden is proud to champion the automotive performance improvements and is excited to see the benefits realised as soon as 2022 when Jaguar Land Rover expects to have developed a fleet of prototype Tucana test vehicles.