‘Absolutely no question,’ says PM, adding that more gigafactories are needed to meet demand for electric vehicles.
ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY Gigafactories will be developed across the UK to fulfill demand, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Boris Johnson has hinted that the government may support plans to build a battery factory in the UK for electric vehicles. There have been rumors of possible plants coming up across the country in recent months.
Following Nissan’s announcement of a £1 billion investment in an electric car plant in Sunderland, a gigafactory could be built there.
Blyth Power Station will also be turned into an electric vehicle battery plant, resulting in the creation of around 3,000 employment.
Boris Johnson, speaking at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry, remarked, “We absolutely need these batteries.”
“It’s fantastic that Envision is bringing a gigafactory to Sunderland, and the BritishVolt facility in Blyth holds enormous promise for us.
“However, even those two together will only meet a small portion of the demand in the UK’s domestic car market.
“Just to build batteries in this country, we’ll need 70,000 trained workers.
“Obviously, there is a rationale for a gigafactory here in the West Midlands.
“You’ll want one near a center of car manufacture, but even that won’t be enough to meet demand, simply for the home market in the UK.”
In conjunction with Coventry City Council, plans were submitted to establish a prospective gigafactory at Coventry Airport.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street stated that securing a gigafactory was “mission vital.”
He also stated that he “would not rest” until the project was completed.
The construction of such a factory might result in the creation of up to 6,000 jobs and a total investment of more than £2 billion in the area.
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The site might be operating by 2025 if preparations are successful.
The government has also set aside £500 million to assist in the construction of gigafactories across the country.
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) estimates that a single gigafactory might cost between £2 and £4 billion to build.
The EAC also predicted that by 2027, five more gigafactories will be required to satisfy battery manufacturing goals.
MP Philip Dunne, the EAC’s chair, stated that recent statements about future opportunities. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”