EV battery centre of excellence in Coventry
Supported by millions of pounds in government investment, Coventry will become home to a new national centre of excellence in developing the latest electric car battery technology.
Andrew Stevenson, Minister for Business and Industry, announced a new £28 million investment in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, providing a stepping stone for our ambition for a Gigafactory in the UK – a large-scale battery technology factory for electric vehicles.
The investment follows £80 million initial investment in the centre, which will provide world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies.
The announcement is being made as part of a tour of the UKBIC site to mark new funding alongside Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, as they also unveil the new Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands – the first in the country.
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 of £28 million 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.”
Jeff Pratt, managing director of UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, said: “It is fantastic to see construction starting on UKBIC and we are looking forward to working with all our partners on this project which will have huge significance on the next generation of battery systems.”