Britishvolt, a UK-based startup aiming to build the country’s first lithium-ion battery ‘Gigafactory’, has signed up to British industry and trade association, Made UK, according to a company announcement on Feb 23.
According to the press release, the company has signed the UK Steel Charter, pledging to source UK-manufactured steel for its Gigafactory to demonstrate its commitment to British manufacturing and steel production.
In December, Britishvolt announced it had selected a 95-hectare site in Blyth, Northumberland, in the northeast of England, for the location of the company’s £2.6bn facility; with construction scheduled to start this year.
The company aims to produce 300,000 lithium-ion batteries per year by 2027 to power a fleet of new electric vehicles built by the UK automotive industry.
Davis Index calculates that the construction of the Gigafactory would consume approximately 38,000-67,000mt of steel, depending on the number of stories.