The government wants Coventry to be the hub of the UK’s fledging electric car battery industry, with plans unveiled last night for an extra £28m to support worker training at a new ‘centre of excellence’ for battery technology.The £80m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is designed to be a “stepping stone” towards a UK ‘gigafactory’ – a large scale manufacturing plant for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The extra funding is earmarked for “practical training” to upskill workers in battery manufacturing, the government said. Government officials hope targeted investment in battery technology will secure the UK’s role as a leading player in the automotive industry as the sector transitions to low-emission drivetrains. “Putting the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles is at the heart of our plans – creating jobs, growth and opportunity across the country,” said Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson. “Driven by the potential of fast-paced development of battery technology, this investment puts the UK – amongst a handful of countries around the world – on the next step to meet the challenge by the future of mobility.” Around £80m was already earmarked for the facility from the government’s Faraday Challenge when plans for the hub were first.
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