Electric Vehicles: Batteries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 7th December 2020.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 4.6 of the Spending Review 2020, when he plans to announce further details of the financial support for electric vehicle battery production in the West Midlands.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the timetable for creating electric vehicle battery production in the West Midlands.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the proposals by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Economic Partnership to create an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in the West Midlands.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's preferred locations are for electric vehicle battery production.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to section 4.6 of the Spending Review 2020, if he will publish details on how the £500 million to support electric vehicle battery production will be allocated.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has announced nearly £500m of support through the Automotive Transformation Fund to drive the electrification of the UK automotive sector. This is part of the up to £1 billion that this Government previously committed to these efforts. The application process is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre on behalf of BEIS and funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, dependent on a full assessment of the relative value for money of any request received.

There are a range of factors that will influence the location of any UK Gigafactory investment, and the final location decision will be a commercial matter. There are several locations across the UK including in the West Midlands that may meet the requirements of investors, and the Government is working closely with local government and business to help inform their selection process.

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