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Can Jaguar steer UK's battery ambitions into the fast lane?

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:46 -- John Shepherd

In a world mired in endless reports of economic gloom, Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement that it is to invest heavily in EV production in the UK is welcome news. 

And JLR’s call for industry to work with the government on jump starting “giga-scale” battery production— as reported in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing— is the icing on the cake.

Whether JLR’s bulldog spirit fires up the imagination needed for the UK to get cracking with battery production on a serious scale remains to be seen. But, once a new prime minister is installed, scheduled for 24 July, it would be foolish for the government not to grab such an opportunity with both hands as it maps out a trading and manufacturing future outside the EU.

Meanwhile, Hungary has been dipping into its state coffers again, to encourage another Asian battery maker to take root in the country, while Europe is still trying to build a home-grown industry to compete with Asian and other global market players. If anyone out there can explain the sense of this approach do send your answers in.

And remember that the summer edition of BESTmag will be out later this month. If you’re not already a subscriber to the BEST battery journal on the planet, click here.