Britishvolt, Prologis partner for EV battery plant worth £200 million in West Midlands
Battery manufacturer Britishvolt has announced that it has partnered with Prologis to set up a £200 million car battery plant in the West Midlands.
The facility will supplement Britishvolt's Gigaplant at Blyth in Northumberland and facilitate it to produce more batteries.
Britishvolt believes the Hams Hall site near Birmingham will become a centre of excellence for electrification, with major car makers close by the facility.
The Blyth Gigaplant, which will be operational by the end of 2023, will eventually produce cells for more than 300,000 electric vehicles a year, Britishvolt said.
The statement came amid news that the UK's leading auto manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, is in talks with overseas firms Northvolt and SVolt Energy Technology about supplying batteries for a range of electric vehicles it may assemble in Slovakia.
Industry leaders have told the UK government it must invest heavily in car battery technology.
Paul Franklin, property director at Britishvolt, said he believed the Hams Hall plant will help to establish the UK as a centre of excellence.
"This is another important milestone for Britishvolt and its world-class automotive industry," he said.
"The UK's battery ecosystem is a global leader in integrated technology development and industrialization with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Faraday Institution, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, and the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
"I am delighted to see Britishvolt lead the UK's journey into re-industrialization with the first full-scale battery Gigaplant.
"The new scale-up facilities announced today will help the UK to build on its home-grown battery intellectual property and level up the country, ready for the energy transition."
The West Midlands has been referred to as a golden triangle of international battery production, with the WMG, Advanced Propulsion Centre, and UK Battery Industrialisation Centre located there.
"Partnering with Britishvolt has been a pleasure," said Tom Price, capital leasing and deployment director at Prologis UK.
"The reputation of Hams Hall and the location's connections to the UK automotive sector have allowed us to embark on a wider conversation with Britishvolt. With battery technology seen as the way forward, it's exciting to be working in this growing sector," he said.
"Prologis is committed to embedding sustainability into every aspect of our business. When looking at 'last-mile' logistics, that is the final delivery of goods to people's homes, the work Britishvolt is embarking on will contribute to reducing emissions in supply chains."