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News Britishvolt Will Build a 60 GWh Battery Cell Factory in Canada

Britishvolt Will Build a 60 GWh Battery Cell Factory in Canada

Two companies have now showed interest in producing batteries in Quebec

  • This is a british company that specialises in clean technologies

  • The company is already implanted in Canada and it seeks to build a new factory in Quebec

  • The batteries produced by Britishvolt will be used in cars made in Ontario

Following the recent announcement from the Ontarian company Stromvolt, a second company wants to set up a battery cell manufacturing facility in Quebec.

Britishvolt is a clean technology company founded in 2019 in the UK that is currently building a 30 GWh battery cell production plant in the Northumberland region of England.

In order to expand to other markets, the company responded to the request for interest made by the former Quebec government headed by Philippe Couillard, who is involved with the company and its project, and it installed its North American head-office in the Place Ville-Marie in Downtown Montreal earlier this year.

In order to create a battery production ecosystem in the province, Britishvolt is now in the process of acquiring a piece of land on which it will build a 60 GWh factory destined to produce battery cells, as well as an R&D center and an anode and cathode processing set up.

The company is currently lobbying the provincial and federal government in order to obtain funding for the project, which would make Quebec (and Canada to a lesser extent) a major player in the supply of EV components on the continent.

The yet to be built factory will reportedly be positioned in a strategic location that would give it access to major infrastructures and industry support, such as a deep-water port and access to the North American rail system. The building will be powered by hydroelectricity in order to maintain a low carbon footprint.

The minerals used in the production of the cells will come from the Canadian mining industry and the finished products will be used in electric vehicles manufactured in Ontario at first, with a possibility to export components to American factories in the future.

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