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What action is needed to support a UK supply chain for battery electric vehicles?

15 June 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee holds a one off evidence session on Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Supply Chair for Battery Electric Vehicles.


Wednesday 16 June 2021,

At 2.30pm

  • Isobel Sheldon OBE, Chief Strategy Officer, Britishvolt
  • Professor David Greenwood, Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems and CEO of the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult at the University of Warwick
  • Matthew Ogg, Senior Policy Manager, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

At 3.30pm

  • Stephen Gifford, Chief Economist, Faraday Institution
  • Vikki Roberts, Head of Supply Chain Strategy, Development and Control, Johnson Matthey Battery Materials
  • Jeff Townsend, Parliamentary Officer and Founder at Critical Minerals Association, and Director, Technical Critical Minerals Ltd

The session will be focusing on what action the Government must take to attract gigafactories (factories which make batteries for electric vehicles) to the UK, hearing from those in industry on the challenges and opportunities.

It has been estimated that at least eight gigafactories will need to be operational by 2040 to meet anticipated demand for electric vehicles resulting from the Government’s plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Construction of the UK’s first gigafactory has been announced, which is to be sited in Blyth, Northumberland.

The growth of this industry in the UK also has the potential to create thousands of new jobs, set the UK well on the way to achieving net zero carbon by 2050, and provide a basis for a new green economy.

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