Second-year University of Sussex mechanical engineering student Joshua de Wit is the 2016 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award winner.
The 21-year-old’s concept, which was revealed as the winner at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) annual dinner tonight, uses an innovative graphene battery that makes best use of the material's conductivity, lightness and strength to introduce a completely new design.
De Wit’s stacked graphene battery design drastically shortens charging times and the flexibility of the material means far less is needed, which reduces cost, weight, storage capacity and size and maximises efficiency.
De Wit will now embark on a six-month work experience tour of award sponsors Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Peugeot and Toyota. He said: “It is a privilege to be presented with the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award. From the outset, this has been a challenging but rewarding experience and the mentoring programme has really helped me to develop my idea and push myself further.