By 2025 Britain will need two or three big battery production plants, so-called gigafactories, capable of powering the 500,000 hybrid and pure electric vehicles that are due to be built each year in the UK. So says the government agency charged with preparing the country for the electric revolution. At the moment, though, there is only one small facility, in Sunderland, supplying fewer than 50,000 Nissan Leaf cars. None of the global battery makers — LG Chem and Samsung, of South Korea, CATL, of China, or Panasonic, of Japan — appears to be planning a big factory in the UK. Tesla is investing in Germany rather than Britain. Yet Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, BMW, which builds Minis and Rolls-Royces, and Toyota are all committed to building hybrid and electric cars in the UK. Each will want battery production close at hand.
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