Coventry will be home to a new national centre of excellence in developing the latest electric car battery technology, backed by £28 millions in Government investment in addition to £80 million initial investment.
UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) situated near the A45/Festival Roundabout and A46/Tollbar Roundabout and at the junction of the A444 with the A4114/Whitley Roundabout in Coventry will enable the development of the next generation of battery systems across battery chemistry, electrodes, cell, module and pack levels. It will provide opportunities for partnership between industry and academia, delivering on the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
UKBIC is part of the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.
The new UK manufacturing development centre was awarded to the area following a successful joint bid between Coventry City Council, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and WMG, at the University of Warwick. The competition was led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and supported by Innovate UK.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, said:
“For Coventry to boast the UK’s Battery Industrialisation Centre is a major coup for the city and the wider West Midlands.
“This £108 million facility will give the city and the region a huge boost in the race to lead the world in the production of electric vehicles, which is an increasingly important market as we look to tackle air pollution and climate change.”
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.”