It is reported that the UK is negotiating with Samsung LG and other companies to build a giant power battery factory
According to sources familiar with the matter, six companies, including automakers Ford and Nissan, South Korean companies LG and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto, are negotiating with the United Kingdom on the construction of a giant electric car battery factory. This may help ensure the future safety of the British auto industry.

The British government plans to ban the sale of new fuel vehicles by 2030 and hybrid cars by 2035, which will require the country's automakers to switch to electric vehicles. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Traders, an industry organization, said: "We need giant factories to sustain the long-term development of the British automotive industry."

A spokesperson for the British Ministry of Commerce stated that the government is “committed to building a super factory and will continue to work closely with investors and automakers to advance plans for mass production of batteries in the UK”. British research institutions such as the Battery Innovation Center and the Faraday Institute are all seen as key levers for attracting investment in battery manufacturing.

However, Britain’s efforts face competition from the European Union, which is preparing to introduce large-scale incentive programs to attract battery manufacturers. The British government plans to allocate 500 million pounds (approximately US$700 million) to help finance battery factories, while the European Union has raised 2.9 billion euros (approximately US$3.5 billion) in funding. Countries such as France and Germany have also provided additional funds. To enhance their attractiveness.

According to Transport & Environment, an environmental lobby group, so far, there are 38 planned super factories across Europe, but only Britishvolt's projects in the UK have been publicly disclosed. InoBat Vice Chairman Andy Palmer (Andy Palmer) said: "There is de facto competition between the UK and Europe. Whoever wins the giant factory wins the auto industry."

In the early negotiations with the British government, Ford seemed to be more positive. The company said it is exploring the possibility of producing batteries in the UK and then shipping them to Turkey for use in the electric Transit truck it plans to launch. At the same time, Ford may produce battery module components in the UK and then ship them to Turkey for final processing and installation. Last month, Ford announced plans to establish a battery joint venture with South Korean manufacturer SKI. Ford has not yet determined where to produce the battery in the UK, but it is unlikely to produce it at the company's existing UK plant.

It is reported that Nissan and the British government are negotiating to build a battery factory at the Sunderland manufacturing base, but the success of the negotiations depends on energy costs. The company hopes to cut energy costs to improve the competitiveness of the area where the plant is located.
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