Coventry to host centre of excellence for electric car technology
Coventry will host a new national centre of excellence in developing the latest electric car battery technology. The facility will provide world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies and practical training to upskill people in battery manufacturing.
Minister for Business and Industry, Andrew Stevenson has announced a £28m investment in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.
The investment, through the Industrial Strategy’s Challenge Fund, comes on top of an £80m initial investment in the centre.
Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “Putting the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles is at the heart of our plans – creating jobs, growth and opportunity across the country.
“Driven by the potential of fast-paced development of battery technology, this investment puts the UK – amongst a handful of countries around the world – on the next step to meet the challenge by the future of mobility.
“Our investment of £28 million in this new facility will support the UK’s world-leading automotive industry to compete internationally, attract further investment and establish supply chains for new electric vehicle battery design and development.”
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.”