The Government must attract battery-makers to the UK with the same determination that Margaret Thatcher showed in the 1980s when major car producers were convinced to invest in Britain, a leading industry figure has said. “Car-makers will want batteries near their factories and the Government has to go all out to attract and support investment in a UK battery gigafactory. “It’s an existential threat now, just as the UK car industry faced in the 1980s.” […] Mr Palmer, a former Nissan executive, also welcomed Nissan’s announcement on Friday that it is committed to making cars at its giant Sunderland factory . […] But he warned that without the creation of a battery gigafactory in the UK to service other domestic car producers, Britain will “lose” its car industry which employs or supports the jobs of 800,000 people.
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