FREE Report - Niche volume battery manufacture in the UK

Battery Manufacturing in the UK Report

Ricardo has published its findings on the future of niche volume battery manufacture in the UK. The report considers how securing a UK supply chain in battery electric vehicle critical components can meet the needs of the manufacturers world renowned for their market leading, niche volume luxury cars, special vehicles and off-highway machines.

Key takeaways

  • The UK’s sector-leading specialist manufacturers need battery assembly capability in niche volumes and with flexible product specifications
  • Securing a UK supply chain in critical electric vehicle components will help to meet battery hardware requirements of these manufacturers
  • Ricardo has determined the market strategy, clean sheet design and deployment of New Product Introduction to enable a flexible, efficient facility optimised for scalability
  • Through Ricardo’s industrialisation expertise the company will will support the UK growing its electrification sector and help achieve its net zero goals

Developing Niche Volume Battery Manufacturing in the UK

As part of Ricardo’s mission to drive cost out of electrification and help the UK achieve its net zero goals, Ricardo has been investigating the commercial feasibility of a UK-based battery assembly facility for electric vehicle manufacturers producing 10,000 vehicles per year.

These manufacturers require low-volume assembly capability which flexible product specifications. These requirements are not aligned with facilities which produce at mass-market quantities.

This economic study by Ricardo lays out how the requirements of the battery manufacturing requirements of the UK automotive industry can be met. It investigates the commercial viability of a battery pack assembly facility which will help to establish a robust supply chain for these critical electrification components. In doing so, it will deliver national competitive advantage for the UK, and support the mass adoption of electrification by making it more affordable, helping to contribute to the green bounce-back through sustainable practices.

The Ricardo Battery Manufacturing Facility

About Ricardo

Ricardo specialise in high-performance, niche volume manufacturing for complex, precision, electromechanical products. With over 40 years of experience, our technical experts support our clients from across the globe in bringing their cutting-edge innovations to market, from individual components through to complete powertrain systems in markets as diverse as automotive, defence, aerospace and rail around the world.

Ricardo is supporting specialist automotive manufacturers by applying its expertise in niche volume manufacturing, battery R&D, second life and recycling, complex supply chain management and strategic consultancy.

This report has been funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Automotive Transformation Fund supported by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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