Currently reading: TVR partners with lithium company for EV sports car development
Joint venture with Ensorcia Metals will fund Griffith production and secure battery supply for upcoming EVs

Sports car maker TVR has announced a joint venture with a lithium mining company, Ensorcia Metals Corporation, which it says will both help fund production of the forthcoming V8-powered Griffith and “ensure the supply chain for TVR’s future battery requirements”.

Ensorcia describes itself as a lithium innovator, mining 'green' lithium in South America by a patented, environmentally considerate brine extraction process, and processing the materials in Europe and North America. 

Chairman Daniel Layton said the TVR deal is the result of “a tight synergy and alignment” between the two companies and future electric TVRs will be “among the most exciting EVs in the market”.    

TVR boss Les Edgar has confirmed that the company is already working on future electrified models, as well as developing the existing car beyond the Griffith launch edition already revealed. He said the Ensorcia deal “is a hugely important element in ensuring that TVR will become a sustainable, net-zero business.”

Meanwhile, TVR said it is on schedule to move into its new, extensively refurbished production base in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone, about 30 miles north of Cardiff, in the first quarter of next year. 

The factory – which will be the first in the world to adopt designer Gordon Murray’s i-Stream lean manufacturing process and is part-funded by the Welsh government – is likely to need an 18-month fit-out, but TVR bosses say production development of the cars themselves is proceeding in parallel. 

TVR has yet to announce an official launch date, but the first Griffith V8 production cars are likely to reach their owners before the end of 2023.      

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Steve Cropley is the oldest of Autocar’s editorial team, or the most experienced if you want to be polite about it. He joined over 30 years ago, and has driven many cars and interviewed many people in half a century in the business. 

Cropley, who regards himself as the magazine’s “long stop”, has seen many changes since Autocar was a print-only affair, but claims that in such a fast moving environment he has little appetite for looking back. 

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rob26 19 November 2021

This car is taking so long to get to market, petrol will be banned, it's not designed as an EV so it'll be knackered. Porsche will have a couple of made to measure EV sports cars in a couple of years. It already looks out of date. Trevor's days are up. 

Deputy 15 November 2021

I'm looking forward to having an Ineos and TVR parked on my driveway. I've just replied to an email promising me £10 million in crypto currency, all I had to do was send them £5K, so that should arrive in time to buy the cars....

Bob Cholmondeley 15 November 2021

If TVR were a software developer, their promised products would be dissmissed as vapourware.