Battery start-up BritishVolt will build the UK’s first gigafactory in Blyth, in a boost for both north-east England and the government’s ambitions of creating a homegrown electric car industry. The £2.6bn battery production centre will create up to 3,000 jobs by 2027 in the town of 37,000 people 13 miles north of Newcastle and support another 5,000 in the supply chain, the company said on Friday. Construction at the site is expected to begin in the summer, with the first batteries scheduled for production by 2023.
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Britain’s first “gigafactory” to supply tens of thousands of electric cars with battery packs has been promised for the site of the old Blyth power station on the Northumberland coast. It is more bad news for south Wales as until last week Britishvolt was to build its gigafactory near Cardiff. Plans to build a car plant for Ineos’s new Grenadier 4×4 near Bridgend were abandoned this week.
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