Former Ford of Britain chairman Graham Hoare has been appointed president of global operations by lithium-ion battery cell technology investor Britishvolt.
Britishvolt is also due to start construction of a £2.6 million battery gigaplant, which should be able to produce 300,000 batteries a year, in Northumberland in the second half of the year.
Graham Hoare is currently chair of the influential UK Automotive Council and is bringing experience from his time as the chairman of Ford of Britain to the table. Further, he also worked at Ford in North America, as well as with Land Rover and the BMW Group in Germany. He sees the battery as the centre-piece to transport electrification: “Britishvolt’s mission to place itself at the forefront of battery technology is of great importance as we move, collectively, towards net-zero targets,” Hoare said. “It’s crucial that Britishvolt continues its impressive trajectory and delivers world-class products. Batteries will be at the very centre of the energy transition.”
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