Electric vehicle battery brand launches in Coventry

The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) (Credit: UKBIC)

A new electric vehicle (EV) battery brand, Volklec, has been launched in the UK and will operate from Coventry.

Supported by UK-based investment company, Frontive Group, Volklec represents an investment into the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Volklec batteries will undergo development and work with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC).

The collaboration is a part of the UK’s effort to advance technology in the EV battery sector and provide the necessary skills for its growth.

Volklec aims to produce sustainable batteries for various types of vehicles, including those used on roads, off-highways, and tracks.

By working with UKBIC, Volklec plans to tailor its batteries to meet the specific needs of the UK automotive market, particularly focusing on small-volume and niche vehicle manufacturers.

The collaboration between Volklec and UKBIC is expected to create job opportunities in the West Midlands and contribute to battery research, development, and manufacturing capabilities in the UK, ultimately aiming for large-scale battery production.

Imran Khatri, Volklec founder, said: “Volklec has been many months and significant investment in the making, established to help the UK’s decarbonisation drive. As a proud investment in the UK, our initial focus is on the automotive industry, providing security of supply to the sector, then we intend to look at the broader electrification markets as well.”

Sean Gilgunn, UKBIC managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Volklec to UKBIC and to become their launch base here in the heart of the UK automotive industry. Our purpose-built facility is where businesses can develop their battery manufacturing processes at the scale they need to move to industrial production.

“This agreement marks the start of Volklec’s journey to create a battery with the potential to scale up to significant volumes in the coming years, and we are proud to support the business in the initial phase of their development. Manufacturing cells at volume is vital to ensuring the UK prospers from the energy transition towards Net Zero, and this agreement further demonstrates the unique value of UKBIC to the battery ecosystem.”


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