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The UK’s West Midlands Gigafactory joint venture, set to be the country’s largest battery gigafactory, has taken the next step in its journey with planning committees supporting the outline planning application for the site. The £2.5bn investment is set to create up to 6,000 new highly skilled jobs in the region.
Production ready from 2025, the 530,000 sqm facility will manufacture high-tech lithium-ion batteries for the global automotive and energy storage industries.
The Gigafactory will have capacity to deliver up to 60GWh by the end of the decade. That’s enough to power 600,000 electric vehicles per year.
The West Midlands Gigafactory industry ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach allows the plant to both manufacture new batteries and recycle used ones.
The facility is a public-private joint venture between Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd.
Following the positive resolutions at both planning committees, outline planning permission will be formally issued once the associated legal agreement has been signed and UK government has been consulted. This is expected in March 2022.
Mike Murray, Project Director. says: “This is an important milestone for the West Midlands Gigafactory. With outline planning permission supported, the site has everything in place that future investors, likely to be drawn from the global battery industry, need for a state-of-the-art Gigafactory. Thanks to this decision, we are now in strong position to progress our discussions with the global automotive and energy storage industries.
He adds: “Located at the heart of the UK’s automotive industry, the Gigafactory is closer to almost every car manufacturing plant in the UK than any of the other proposed or Gigafactories under construction making it an ideal location for global battery manufacturers.”
The West Midlands Gigafactory will be one of the largest industrial facilities of any kind in the UK.