Electric All-Terrain Mobility Platform (e-ATMP): KTP Project With Supacat

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Project overview

Supacat, part of the SC Group, is a world-leading defence vehicle manufacturer and is well-known for producing the Jackal vehicle for the British Army. In 2018, Supacat and CFCM won funding for an Innovate UK-supported Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and they worked together to develop a unique high mobility electric vehicle, the six-wheel drive Hybrid All-Terrain Mobility Platform, or H-ATMP, which was unveiled in late 2019. The vehicle can be air-dropped, pull heavy loads up steep slopes and through rough terrain, and is also amphibious.

Professor Steve Austen, Engineering Director and Chief Engineer of SC Group, explained the value of collaborative working with academic partners:

“The knowledge that has been gained and distributed throughout the project partners is invaluable, resulting in significant additional revenue back to Supacat even before the project ended and high confidence of sustained additional revenue for the company over the next few years.”

The SC Group – University of Exeter Knowledge Transfer Partnership led by KTP Associate Matt Harvey have won the national Innovate UK KTP 2022 Award for Business Impact & Transformation for developing an electric drive version of the company’s ATMP (All Terrain Mobility Platform) – an industry first for the propulsion and control of a high mobility off road vehicle, which is used in defence or other hazardous operating environments, including search and rescue and utilities support.
The award recognises how the two-year KTP has developed the expertise and knowhow to make military and off highway vehicles more capable and environmentally sustainable, and  transformed SC Group’s capabilities to create new commercial opportunities.  These include the Group’s Supacat business converting its HMT `Jackal` to hybrid electric drive for the British Army and contributed to a number of high mobility system projects outside of the defence sector via the Group’s SC Innovation business.

Read the full press release from Supacat.

Hear from Professor Chris Smith and our KTP Associate for Supacat, Matt Harvey, in the video below:

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