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UK talking to six firms over EV gigafactories

06/16/2021 | 10:13am EDT

Nissan is among six firms talking to the UK over building so-called 'gigafactories' to make batteries for electric vehicles.

That's according to the Financial Times newspaper.

Ford, Samsung and LG are said to be the other established names that are in talks.

Then there are local startups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto.

The UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, meaning the country's carmakers will need to adapt.

But there is currently only one known gigafactory project in the country.

The FT says Nissan is in talks to make batteries at its car plant in Sunderland, northern England.

But the talks reportedly hinge on energy costs.

Ford is reportedly talking about making batteries in the UK for use in an electric version of its Transit van.

For LG and Samsung any move is said to be dependent on them striking deals with major carmakers.

The firms mentioned in the report either wouldn't comment, or said that they had nothing to announce at this time.

ę Reuters 2021
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