The government has announced over £30 million of investment for battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles. Minister for Investment Gerry Grimstone yesterday (30 March) announced that 22 studies will receive a share of £9.4 million, including Haydale Composites Solutions which is looking into hydrogen storage. Additionally, the Faraday Institution has committed to a £22.6 million programme of work to improve the safety, reliability and sustainability of batteries.
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Electric car targets at risk as UK falls behind in global race for key battery metals, experts warn. UK lacks cohesive strategy faces being at the ‘back of the list’ as US and Japan forge ahead with trade deals. A policy commission chaired by former government chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington and commissioned by academics at the University of Birmingham found that the UK lacks a cohesive strategy for obtaining and processing “technology-critical metals” that are used to make batteries and other parts of electric cars. No one department has overall control of the UK’s metals and minerals policy and reliance on other countries means customers face long waits for electric cars and higher prices, the authors said.
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