A new UK electric vehicle battery facility will be built thanks to £80 million worth of funding, helping to spearhead the UK’s role as a world leader in EV tech.
The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility, as it will be named, comes thanks to a partnership between the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry City Council.
The site will be built in Warwickshire to enable “effective partnerships between manufacturers, researchers, and economic development leaders”, benefitting from its close location to several of the UK’s biggest car makers.
The site is tasked with producing technology and enabling progress in electric vehicle powertrains that surpass international benchmarks. The research will focus on cutting-edge battery technology, including chemistry, electrodes, cell design, module and pack levels.
As such, the partnership expects the site to draw in international investment and become a talent hub for employees skilled in this industry.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, the chairman of the WMG, said: "Having a 37-year track record of working jointly with industry to innovate, and as leaders for over 10 years in battery development, WMG is poised to continue to drive forward battery innovation and help create growth and employment in the UK.
“Coventry and the sub region has a significant contribution to make in the delivery of the UK’s national industrial strategy, being in a strong position to lead the advancement of battery development, and vehicle electrification and autonomous vehicles. It will be at the heart of the drive to make the city a smart motor city.”