Coventry City Council has submitted plans to build a new gigafactory at the city’s airport. Just as Nissan Sunderland has heralded this as a key move for the UK automotive sector, so too Cov (as the locals call it) has grabbed the nettle and is aiming for a whopping 6,000 new jobs.
Cov has a long history in car making (not least the Jag) so this all adds up.
We’re looking at a potential 5.7 million sq ft site making batteries for electric vehicles and using solar and wind power, as well as having the ability to recycle batteries on-site. Some industry wag has forged the term ‘cradle to cradle’ for a place that makes new batteries and recycles old ones.
Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “There is increasing pressure to ensure the UK is ready to take advantage of electrification and together the West Midlands is seizing the initiative to deliver for UK PLC as part of a Green Industrial Revolution. We are the ideal location for a Gigafactory as the home of the UK automotive sector, alongside world-leading research in battery technology.”