Plans for a ‘critical’ electric car battery plant in Coventry have gained momentum in an attempt to keep car production in the heart of the West Midlands.
Coventry City Council has proposed a 5.7 m² “gigafactory” project, which could create up to 6,000 new jobs, in partnership with Coventry Airport where the plant would be located.
The joint venture first unveiled plans in February in hopes of submitting a building permit by the end of the year and attracting an experienced manufacturer to start production by 2025.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It is essential to the mission that the West Midlands secures a gigafactory, both for the future of our region’s auto industry and for the enormous economic benefits and d job it would bring, as well as for the future. of our planet.
“The West Midlands is already home to the country’s largest automaker, the largest such research center in Europe, the UK’s only battery industrialization center and a leading supply chain. So a gigafactory is the natural next step for the UK automotive heartland, and I won’t rest until we get one.
The West Midlands is home to automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda and BMW, as well as the UK’s largest battery research center, the UK Battery Industrialization Center (UKBIC).
The Coventry gigafactory plan, which could attract private investment of up to £ 2 billion, continues a fortnight after Nissan made plans for a £ 1 billion electric vehicle hub in Sunderland. The Japanese company said it would create 6,000 jobs to help protect the future of Britain’s largest auto factory as the automobile moves away from gasoline and diesel.
Steve Turner, deputy general secretary of Unite, said the UK needs at least seven gigafactories to stay competitive. “There is no time to waste,” Turner said. “Our competitors spend more and move faster. UK manufacturers, our world-class auto industry and consumers desperately need to know that the infrastructure is in place to help them go green. “