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New ‘gigafactory’ plan for West Midlands airport

New ‘gigafactory’ plan for West Midlands airport

A huge new ‘gigafactory’ to make electric car batteries is set to be built in Coventry.

The proposals for the 4.5 million sq ft airport site, which is backed by local councils, is aiming to make sure the West Midlands is at the heart of the nation’s automotive industry and will protect tens of thousands of jobs.

The news comes just a day after Jaguar Land Rover announced it was moving to an electric future amid a long-term government clamp down on new petrol and diesel engines.

Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport have created a partnership to develop proposals for the factory at the airport and will seek planning permission this year.

The aim is to attract a car battery supplier to the site with the factory in production by 2025.

The factory is seen as key to the future of manufacturing across the West Midlands with carmakers moving their own facilities close to car battery factories.

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