Former Ford Britain chairman joins EV battery innovators Britishvolt

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Britishvolt, a UK-based specialist in lithium-ion battery cell technologies and currently creating a battery gigaplant, has appointed Dr Graham Hoare as president of global operations.

Prior to joining Britishvolt, Hoare was chairman of Ford of Britain and also executive director for business transformation. In these positions he was responsible for leading the restructuring of Ford’s operations in the UK. He previously held a number of other senior engineering positions at Ford in North America and the UK, and also with Land Rover and the BMW Group in Germany.

At Britishvolt Hoare will be responsible for leading the global functional operations of the business and to seek out future expansion opportunities.

Graham Hoare

Britishvolt remains on track to begin construction of its gigaplant located in Blyth, Northumberland, later this year, with production of battery cells due to begin in Q4 2023.

Britishvolt has identified the United Kingdom as the location of its initial manufacturing, development and R&D capabilities. The United Kingdom will also be the home of its global headquarters. Britishvolt is looking to lead the Lithium-ion, and beyond Lithium-Ion, battery industry by implementing a sustainable, highly advanced manufacturing and business strategy to deliver on the exacting needs of its customers and assist in the acceleration of sustainable transport and the renewable energy sector.

“Britishvolt’s mission to place itself at the forefront of battery technology is of great importance as we move, collectively, towards net-zero targets. It’s crucial that Britishvolt continues its impressive trajectory and delivers world-class products. Batteries will be at the very center of the energy transition,” said Hoare.

Orral Nadjari, Britishvolt founder and CEO commented:

“Graham brings significant and wide-reaching industry experience to Britishvolt, further enhancing the expertise of our global leadership team. His career to date proves he is an outstanding automotive industry leader, with extensive engineering and business development skills, which will be invaluable to Britishvolt as our business continues to grow and gain momentum.

“We are delighted to have Graham on the team and are looking forward to working with him as we move to the next phase of our development, powering the future of electrification.”

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