UK first in battery development will be based in Warwickshire

UK First in battery development …

£80 million is set to be invested in a new state-of-the-art automotive battery development facility, the UK’s first ever facility of this kind, following a successful bid by a consortium led by Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and including Warwick Manufacturing Group

Coventry and Warwickshire will be the home of the new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NMDF).

The facility will help establish the UK as a world leader in battery technology and innovation.

A key part of the Automotive Sector Deal, the new centre will build on the West Midlands exceptional reputation for automotive expertise and research and development (R&D) with a facility that will host cutting-edge production and assembly processes and support the future scale-up of battery technologies.

The facility will be responsible for turning the most promising early and mid-stage battery research and development activities into scalable business propositions that are commercially viable, while also providing a learning environment to enable training and skills development. The new centre will be an independent facility that is openly accessible to UK-based companies wishing to develop battery technologies.

Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, said: “The new facility, based in Coventry and Warwickshire, will propel the UK forward in this thriving area.”

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover, said: “JLR is already investing heavily to make the vision of autonomous and electric mobility come true. From 2020, all of our new vehicles will be electrified with Mild Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric solutions, and these are already being designed in the West Midlands.

Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group, added: “This joined up end-to-end approach will be a UK first, and is critical to ensure our fundamental research translates into sustaining and growing manufacturing jobs in the UK.”

A suitable site for the development will now be sought.