Britishvolt has announced to invest £200 million for building a battery cell research and development center. They will build this center at their Hams Hall site in the West Midlands with property firm Prologis. Moreover, the investment will anchor a minimum of 150 high skilled technology jobs with good wages.
Britishvolt is a fast growing battery technology firm looking to tap in opportunities in the automotive area. The new facility is due to open next year. According to the company, they will develop new chemistries and cell formats in Hams Hall. Hence, the new cells will be more powerful and cheaper at the time. “This is another important milestone for Britishvolt, UK plc and its world class automotive industry. The UK’s battery ecosystem is a global leader in integrated technology development and industrialization with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Faraday Institution, UK Battery Industrialization Centre and the Advanced Propulsion Centre.” Paul Franklin, the property director at Britishvolt said in a statement.
Proximity with potential customers
Paul Franklin has termed the location of the new factory as an important milestone. In January, Britishvolt had entered into a collaboration agreement with the UK Battery industrialization Center (UKBIC) to further develop and manufacture its high nickel electric vehicle sample cells for mass production. In addition, UKBIC’s also have a research facility in the West Midlands, Coventry. Moreover, BMW Group Land Rover’s Battery Assembly Centre are also located in Hmas Hall. Therefore, Britishvolt have their potential customers in close proximity.
150 new technology jobs
In addition to proximity with potential customers, the new factory will also lead to creation of many employment opportunities. Initially, the new battery plant will create a minimum of 150 new jobs. These will mostly be technology related jobs. Moreover, the company is also determined to offer good wages to the potential employees. However, there is no information regarding the advertisement of these jobs.
Britishvolt has already developed pre-A battery samples at WMG in Warwick. The company has already confirmed MoUs with Lotus Cars and Aston Martin Lagonda.
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