APC comment on the announcement (16 February 2021) of plans by Coventry City Council to secure preemptive planning permission for a gigafactory:
The APC welcomes this news as the latest sign that the UK needs to move swiftly on the road to vehicle electrification. Gigafactories are central to the battery supply chain for a new wave of electric vehicles, and this announcement is a positive indicator that investors are prepared to commit speculative backing into potential locations.
Hot on the heels of Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement yesterday that it will switch its Jaguar brand to an all-electric platform by 2025, the proposed gigafactory site application by Coventry City Council will come as welcome news to the UK automotive industry.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre is the UK government and industry-backed body responsible for accelerating the industrialisation of technologies to support the transition to delivering net-zero emission vehicles. The APC provides resources and insight to accelerate the development of the electrified supply chain across technologies, UK-wide.