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New £246m challenge launched to boost vehicle battery technology

New £246m challenge launched to boost vehicle battery technology

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has launched a competition to facilitate funding of the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development centre, in conjunction with Innovate UK.  

The funding opportunity is seen as a major step forward in ensuring the UK becomes a global leader in the development and production of electric vehicles.  

The new facility, which will be funded through the £246 million Faraday Challenge, will allow pioneering battery technology to be scaled up suitable for high-volume production.  

It would, said the APC, enable the British electric vehicle battery supply chain to increase its capabilities, and attract global motor manufacturers and suppliers to develop new technology in the UK.  

The project is expected to create a number of automotive supply chain jobs, in addition to the 19,000 already protected and created by APC projects since 2013, as the UK gears up for an electric future.  

Garry Wilson, business development director, APC, said: “The UK automotive industry is extremely innovative and this facility will enable future battery technologies to be scaled up for high-volume production.

“The new National Battery Manufacturing Development facility will be a national asset and the first of its kind being open to all UK-located organisations to develop manufacturing processes for their concept-ready battery technologies at production rates appropriate to ‘giga’ factories. The objective is that these processes can transfer to UK high-volume battery manufacturing facilities helping to establish the UK as a centre for battery research, development and manufacture.”  

The Faraday Challenge is a government-funded initiative to develop a number of capabilities in the UK electric vehicle battery supply chain.