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UK aims to become world-leader in battery development with £108m centre

20/05/2019
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The UK government has put its money where its mouth is today by making a commitment to build a £108m centre which will provide world-leading testing facilities for new battery technology and train engineers in cutting-edge battery manufacturing.
Jonathan Browning (Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP) Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands) Tony Harper (Head of the Faraday Battery Challenge) and Minister Andrew Stephenson inspect the site of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.
(Jonathan Browning (Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP) Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands) Tony Harper (Head of the Faraday Battery Challenge) and Minister Andrew Stephenson inspect the site of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre. Image via UKBIC).

Situated in Coventry, the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is envisaged as a stepping stone to a large-scale battery factory for electric vehicles, “a Gigafactory in the UK” in the words of minister for industry Andrew Stephenson.

Aside from developing cutting-edge automotive vehicle batteries, the centre has also been given the responsibility of providing practical training to upskill people in battery manufacturing- strengthen the UK’s engineering skills base and ensuring it is ready to meet the challenges of an electrified automotive industry.

Commenting on the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson, said:

“Putting the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles is at the heart of our plans – creating jobs, growth and opportunity across the country”.

“Driven by the potential of fast-paced development of battery technology, this investment puts the UK – amongst a handful of countries around the world – on the next step to meet the challenge by the future of mobility”.

“Our investment in this new facility will support the UK’s world-leading automotive industry to compete internationally, attract further investment and establish supply chains for new electric vehicle battery design and development”.
Visualisation of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre on completion.
(Visualisation of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre on completion. Image via UKBIC).

Construction of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre has already begun and is expected to be completed in 2020. Around 100 permanent jobs will be created at the facility initially, but this number could rise to 10,000 new jobs in the supply chain and related technologies once the centre is running at full capacity.

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