UK gigafactory developer Britishvolt unveils site for global HQ

by John Shepherd
UK battery tech investor Britishvolt today announced plans to set up its global headquarters in the English Midlands.

A company spokesperson told New Energy 360 the HQ would be on the Mira Technology Park campus near Coventry – in the "heartland” of the UK’s auto industry.

The new 5,000 sq metre HQ facility, set to be fully operational by 2022, will spearhead Britishvolt’s development of battery technologies for a new generation of electric vehicles.

Britishvolt said "further developments are also being considered”, which could see an expansion of the HQ site – "opening up the opportunity to bring highly-skilled and specialist jobs to the West Midlands”.

Gigafactory talks

Meanwhile, the spokesperson confirmed ground is due to be broken for Britishvolt's lithium-ion battery gigafactory in the summer of 2021 on one of two contender sites – in Wales or in northern England.

"There are still discussions going on with the Welsh government and nothing has been decided as yet,” the spokesperson said.

Britishvolt has said previously that its gigafactory project aims for a commercially-viable production capacity of 30GWh, staggered over three tranches.

CEO Orral Nadjari said: "The battery industry is constantly evolving and it’s important that we stay ahead to position the UK at the forefront of the global battery industry.”

Last week, UK prime minister Boris Johnson said the government would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 – 10 years earlier than planned.

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