Graham Hoare leaves Ford of Great Britain and joins Britishvolt Car News

Graham Hoare stepped down as chairman of Ford of Great Britain and joined Britishvolt, the UK’s largest investor in automotive lithium-ion battery technologies, as chairman of global operations.

Hoare will lead the company’s global functional operations from June 1 and look for future expansion opportunities ahead of the startup of the company’s first battery gigafactory in 2023.

He will become the second senior Ford employee to join the company, after former product manager Joe Bakaj, who was announced as an advisory board member in March.

“Britishvolt’s mission to be at the forefront of battery technology is of great importance as we collectively move towards net zero goals,” Hoare said.

“It is essential that Britishvolt continue its impressive trajectory and deliver world-class products. Batteries will be at the very heart of the energy transition, ”he added. “I am extremely happy to join the talented team at Britishvolt and look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience gained in the automotive industry to contribute to the future success of Britishvolt.”

Hoare, who received an OBE in 2018 for services to the UK automotive industry, is currently Chairman of the UK Automotive Council, of which he has been a member for over a decade. During his tenure at Ford, the American brand worked with Volkswagen to form a program for the development of electric and autonomous technologies.

“Graham brings significant and extensive industry experience to Britishvolt, further enhancing the expertise of our global management team,” said Orral Nadjari, Founder and CEO of Britishvolt.

“His career to date proves that he is an exceptional leader in the automotive industry, with extensive engineering and business development skills, which will be invaluable to Britishvolt as our business continues to grow and gain momentum. magnitude. “

Britishvolt remains on track to begin construction on its Northumberland-based giga-factory later this year, with production of battery cells set to begin at the end of 2023.


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This notice was published: 2021-05-19 23:01:00