• West Midlands Gigafactory joint venture appoints global battery industry and technology expert Richard Moore to lead global strategy
  • Gigafactories are strategically critical to the UK’s automotive and domestic energy sectors as the world transitions to an electrified future
  • Richard Moore is ex-Lotus Director of Propulsion and Executive Director Engineering, and previously led Jaguar Land Rover electrification engineering for propulsion systems
  • Closer to almost every car manufacturer plant than any other proposed Gigafactory in the UK, Richard’s appointment puts the West Midlands Gigafactory at the forefront of the industry
  • This is the only site in the UK with planning permission in place for a Gigafactory with capacity up to 60GWh per annum and has the potential to become Britain’s largest battery facility
  • Link to images of Richard Moore and CGI animation and renderings of the proposed Gigafactory

Coventry, UK 8 September 2022: West Midlands Gigafactory joint venture has appointed battery industry technology expert Richard Moore to spearhead its strategy and global contact with leading cell manufacturers. This key appointment will support the investment into and development of what will become the UK’s largest Gigafactory.

As we move towards an increasingly electrified world, Gigafactories are strategically critical to the UK’s automotive and domestic energy sectors, job creation, future economic growth and achieving Net Zero targets making the West Midlands Gigafactory an imperative for the UK’s electrified future.  

Richard Moore is a highly experienced global automotive battery expert with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He was previously a board member and Executive Engineering Director of Lotus, where he led the engineering of all sports cars, including the Evija electric hypercar. Previous high-profile industry roles include Chief Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover where he led the electrification engineering for propulsion systems across all Jaguar and Land Rover product programmes, including the Jaguar I-PACE, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. In these roles, Richard has worked with closely with Chinese battery manufacturers, including CATL and BYD.

Richard Moore, West Midlands Gigafactory Battery Expert “I am hugely excited to be joining the team behind the West Midlands Gigafactory. This is a significantly important project for the region, the British automotive and domestic energy industries and the UK as we transition to an electrified economy. I hope to be able to use my full experience to bring the project to fruition, with strategic advice and assistance in the ongoing discussions with the global battery industry.”

Mike Murray, West Midlands Gigafactory Project Director “As the world rapidly moves towards an increasingly electrified future, Gigafactories have been identified as essential to the survival of the UK’s automotive and energy storage sectors as well as its future economic growth. We are extremely excited with the progress that the West Midlands Gigafactory has already made and the appointment of Richard is a crucial step in our journey as we get closer to identifying a future occupier. We are looking forward to working closely with Richard and harnessing his world-class expertise.”

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change at Coventry City Council “The automotive industry is in Coventry’s DNA past, present and future. We are extremely proud of our automotive heritage, history of innovation and as the skills capital of the UK – the West Midlands is ready to expand its capabilities and grow with the new Gigafactory joint venture. Our new battery technology expert exemplifies those capabilities and with Richard’s global influence he is well placed to attract even more investment, skills and jobs to our region.”

Based in the automotive skills capital of the UK the heart of the UK’s manufacturing sector, the 60GWH per annum West Midlands Gigafactory could become Britain’s largest cell factory.  Powered by 100% sustainable, green energy with direct access to a Net Zero transport and logistics infrastructure, West Midlands Gigafactory is closer to almost every car manufacturer plant than any other proposed Gigafactory in the UK.

The West Midlands Gigafactory is a public private joint venture between Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd. It is already in advanced discussions with global battery manufacturers to occupy the site which can be production ready from 2025 to begin supplying high-tech batteries for electric vehicles. At full capacity it could create up to 6,000 direct jobs, with thousands more in the supply chain.

In recognition of the strategic importance of this project, an unprecedented regional incentives package will be available to the eventual occupier. This is expected to include market-leading land costs for the site as well as creating favourable conditions for local taxation and access to clean, sustainable power that a world-class battery facility requires.

The manufacturing skills capital of the UK
With many major manufacturers based in the region, the West Midlands is the automotive skills capital of the UK and has unrivalled access to both current and future talent, as well as the existing skills needed to support the West Midlands Gigafactory.

Today, more than 400 specialist automotive and battery technology companies are based in the West Midlands. The region is home to a third of the UK’s automotive employees and has an abundance of automotive research, design, engineering, and manufacturing talent.

The electrification revolution represents the largest shift in industrial skills for the UK in a generation and local universities are at the forefront of developing courses, such as WMG at the University of Warwick’s Battery School, that will deliver the next generation of skills needed to transition to an electrified future.

Further information about the West Midlands Gigafactory is available via the website www.ukgigafactory.com    


About West Midlands Gigafactory
West Midlands Gigafactory’s mission is to create the UK’s largest battery Gigafactory in the heart of the UK automotive industry. A battery Gigafactory is a strategically crucial investment for the region and the UK. It will play a major role in securing the future of the automotive industry.

The goal is to help drive the world’s transition to sustainable energy through electric vehicles by supplying advanced lithium-ion batteries. At full capacity, the Gigafactory will be able to produce up to 60GWh – enough to power 600,000 electric vehicles per year – and will be ready for production in 2025.

It will be one of the largest industrial facilities of any kind in the UK. The project will inject a £2.5bn investment into the region and create up to 6,000 new highly skilled jobs directly and thousands more in the supply chain.

West Midlands Gigafactory is a public private joint venture partnership between Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd. It has support from a unique alliance of West Midlands industrial groups, local government, and academic institutions. This alliance includes the West Midlands Combined Authority, Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Council, Warwick Manufacturing Group at University of Warwick, Coventry University, and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

For more information, go to https://www.ukgigafactory.com/

Lisa Palmer
M: +44 (0) 7956 710028
E: lisa@influenceassociates.com

Georgie Moore
M: +44 (0) 7450 019 385
E: georgie@influenceassociates.com

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