West Midlands to become a research hub for next-generation electric car batteries Business

Without that capability, it will have to source heavy batteries from overseas, which risks making car production in the UK uncompetitive and leading to expensive tariffs.

Another factor is the technological future of car batteries. Lighter batteries are being researched, and failure to stay on top of their development will put British-made cars behind the competition.

The UK is behind many European countries in building large car battery factories. Nissan has a 1.7 gigawatt-hour plant supplying its production line needs for the all-electric Leaf model in Sunderland. It is planning another larger factory to accommodate the electrification of several of its models.

But automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Mini, Vauxhall and smaller brands such as Lotus, Bentley and Rolls-Royce will all need locally made batteries.

Another large factory is planned in the area on the Coventry Airport site, which is supported by the airport council and owners.

It plans to deploy up to 60 gigawatt-hours of batteries starting in 2025, though it hasn’t announced any customers yet.

The region is also home to the Advanced Propulsion Center and the UK Battery Industrialization Centre, agencies that study electric car technology and its production.

Britishvolt is building a large gigafactory in Blyth, Northumberland, which will produce up to 30 gigawatt hours.

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