“Giga factory” – This phrase describes a massive battery production facility used to produce batteries on a gigantic scale for electric vehicles and energy storage products.
Originally it was referenced to a giant factory being built by electric car manufacturer Tesla in Nevada.
How would you make a Giga factory battery?
Being an extremely complex process, Gigafactory battery manufacturing involves first using raw materials which require a number of manufacturing processes to produce a finished product, the battery.
How big is a Giga factory?
Approximately 5.3 million square feet, covering 43 acres with multiple floors.
When it comes to Giga factories where are we in the UK?
To ensure we continue to supply the thousands of jobs to lead the way in electrification we need to have the manufacturing capacity to produce batteries.
To power the next generation of electric vehicles we must have Giga factory capacity right across the UK. Importantly, being the heaviest part of the electric vehicle battery production needs to be as close as possible to electric vehicle manufacturing sites.
What has the UK Government done already?
Playing an important role the Government has already invested £108m in a new battery facility in Coventry, UKBIC, UK – Battery Industrialisation Centre. The facility will provide world leading testing facilities for new battery technology and train technicians & engineers in battery manufacturing. The facility is envisaged as a stepping stone to a large scale battery factory for electric vehicles.
How many Gigaf actories are in operation or planned?