Britishvolt has announced the intention to site its new global headquarters in the West Midlands.
The company is Britain’s foremost investor in battery technologies. Its aim is to establish the UK as the leading force in this field.
The new 5,000 square metre facility, set to be fully operational by 2022, will be sited at the MIRA Technology Park Campus near Coventry and will spearhead the development of battery technologies for future electrified vehicles.
The move by the company is the result of the UK Government’s announcement to ban all petrol and diesel vehicle production by 2030 as Britishvolt expects to be ready for the all-electric revolution, according to the CEO, Orral Nadjari.
“A new global headquarters in the West Midlands marks a crucial step for Britishvolt, especially coming so soon after last week’s announcement regarding the new 2030 deadline,” he said. “The battery industry is constantly evolving and it’s important that we stay ahead to position the UK at the forefront of the global battery industry.”
The company believes that the UK is the right place for its investments because of the strength of its automotive and energy industry, its expertise and history of industrial and academic battery research and development, Nadjari explained.
“We intend to produce world-class batteries, which are strategically important both for the future of the UK automotive industry and the future strength of the entire UK economy,” he said.
MIRA Technology Park is a unique collaborative ecosystem of over 35 global OEMs which provides a location for innovation and technological development and adding to the Mix Brithsvolt is key for the electric future of the country, according to MIRA Technology Park Managing Director, Tim Nathan.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Britishvolt to MIRA Technology Park. It joins a large number of companies dedicated to the UK being at the forefront of automotive innovation,” he said. “Britishvolt’s mission to develop and produce world-class lithium-ion batteries is crucial to the future of the UK automotive industry as we rapidly progress to an electrified future.”