EV battery cell manufacturer, Britishvolt is to build its first full-scale electric-vehicle Gigaplant in Northumberland.
The transformation and development of the 93-hectare site near Blyth, which was previously home to the UK’s largest coal-fired power station, is underway by Britishvolt’s construction partner ISG.
About 3,000 direct high-skilled jobs and another 5,000 plus indirect roles in the wider UK supply chain will be created, and the company plans build enough cells each year for more than 300,000 electric vehicle battery packs.
The project is receiving support from the Government through its Automotive Transformation Fund, delivered by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
According to APC research, by 2030 the UK will need more than 90GWh per annum of batteries for cars and light commercials alone.
Peter Rolton, Britishvolt Executive Chairman: “This announcement is a major step in putting the UK at the forefront of the global energy transition, unlocking huge private sector investment that will develop the technology and skills required for Britain to play its part in the next industrial revolution.
“The news is the first step in creating a commercialised battery ecosystem, that perfectly aligns with the existing R&D ecosystem.
“Britishvolt will be the anchor for attracting further sections of the supply chain, be it refining or recycling, to co-locate on the Britishvolt site.”
Julian Hetherington, Automotive Transformation Director, at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, which manages the Automotive Transformation Fund on behalf of the UK Government, added: “This is a pivotal moment for the UK automotive sector as it demonstrates that the UK is a highly competitive landscape for investment in the full R&D and manufacturing ecosystem for these vital technologies.”