May 24, 2023

Jaguar Land Rover to pick UK over Spain for giant car battery plant

The UK is set to win a battle with Spain to host a multi-billion-pound electric car battery plant in Somerset, the BBC understands. Some in the car industry have described the plant as the most significant investment in UK automotive since Nissan came to Britain in the 1980s. Up to 9,000 jobs would be created at the Bridgwater site, close to the M5. The UK government has acknowledged the urgent need for electric vehicle battery manufacturing in the UK to secure the future of the car industry. India's Tata has extensive steel interests in the UK including the Port Talbot plant in South Wales and the government will also offer around £300m to subsidise, upgrade, and decarbonise those operations. Some industry insiders hope that the Tata battery investment will open the door to further battery investments in the UK, which currently only has one plant in operation next to Nissan's Sunderland factory, and one barely on the drawing board in Northumberland.

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