The UK car industry risks losing out to Europe in the race to build major battery factories that are crucial to the sector’s future, putting jobs at risk across the country, a government-backed research body has warned. A failure to attract so-called gigafactories to make batteries for electric cars could cost the UK 105,000 jobs by 2040, forecasts by the Faraday Institution show. Carmakers around the world are racing to switch production from internal combustion engines towards electric cars with zero exhaust emissions, amid tightening limits on carbon dioxide output and the threat of outright bans that could come as early as 2032 in the UK. Chinese companies are the main suppliers of lithium ion batteries to European manufacturers, but carmakers are looking to produce their own closer to their factories, meaning billions of pounds of investments are up for grabs, with many UK factories competing directly against their counterparts in France, Germany and Italy.
Guardian 15th March 2020 read more »
A new partnership between two of the UK’s leading clean energy and electric charging infrastructure firms is aiming to help ready the UK for the 11 million electric vehicles (EVs) predicted to be in use by 2030. Good Energy and Engenie announced late last week that they are to team up to enhance the range of charging options on offer for the companies’ customers. Engenie, which was recently boosted by a £35m funding round, has installed a public charging network focusing on fast DC power and is on target to install 2,000 rapid chargers in the UK by 2024. Leading green energy supplier Good Energy, meanwhile, is piloting an all-in-one One Point service targeting destination and workplace AC charging. The new partnership will see the companies work together to broaden the appeal of their two specialist offerings to help businesses, commercial landlords, and local authorities access the right charging solutions for different sites.
Business Green 16th March 2020 read more »