EV investments in Europe 'also boosting the lead battery industry'

by John Shepherd
Ellesmere Port is to become Stellantis’s first manufacturing site dedicated to battery electric LCV and passenger car models for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën. Photo: Stellantis
A bumper crop of investment announcements to expand Europe’s electric vehicle manufacturing sector have also been hailed as a major boost for the lead battery industry.

An International Lead Association (ILA) spokesperson told World Battery News today the recent flurry of EV battery projects highlighted the roles of both lithium and lead batteries as "mainstay technologies” in the transition to EVs.

The ILA’s comments came as World Battery News reported that Britishvolt had been granted planning permission to build an EV battery gigafactory in England – just days after Vauxhall owner, Stellantis, said it would invest £100m to produce electric vans at its Ellesmere Port factory, in north-west England.

'Mainstay technologies'

Those announcements came after China’s Envision AESC said it would build a 9 GWh EV battery manufacturing plant in England, in partnership with Nissan – while Envision AESC will also work with Renault on an EV battery gigafactory project in France.

The ILA spokesperson said: "Given virtually all cars and vans with internal combustion engines, hybrids and EVs continue to rely on lead batteries for functions such as starting, powering electronics, back-up and safety functions, there is no doubt that lead and lithium batteries will continue to be the mainstay technologies as the transition to EVs takes place.”

"Investment by the vehicle manufacturers is a welcome sign of economic optimism.”

ILA managing director, Dr Andy Bush, told the association’s Pb Online industry briefing event last month that lead batteries would "undoubtedly” have a role to play in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy.

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