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Coventry submits plans for UK’s first gigafactory

Words: Huw Morris
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Coventry City Council has entered into a joint venture partnership to bring forward proposals for the UK’s first electric battery gigafactory.

The partnership with Coventry Airport Ltd has submitted a full planning application for a 53-hectare gigafactory for battery production and recycling. This would create 4,500 new jobs and tens of thousands more in the supply chain at Coventry Airport, while attracting up to £2 billion in investment.

“There is increasing pressure to ensure the UK is ready to take advantage of electrification and together the West Midlands is seizing the initiative to deliver for UK PLC as part of a Green Industrial Revolution,” said Coventry City Council leader George Duggins. “We are the ideal location for a gigafactory as the home of the UK automotive sector, alongside world-leading research in battery technology.”

The West Midlands is at heart of the UK automotive sector and home to a major automotive cluster with an advanced automotive skills ecosystem. The region is already home to 28 per cent of the UK’s automotive talent, while Coventry is within a four-hour travel time for 90 per cent of the UK population, with transport links set to be further improved by HS2.

The city also hosts the global headquarters of Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest car maker, while LEVC, BMW, Aston Martin Lagonda, Lotus, TATA Motors are based in the wider West Midlands.

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