Brexit deal triggers electric car battery race | Business | The Sunday Times – The Times

The car industry is in a race against time to build giant battery gigafactories in the UK to ensure its survival and avoid damaging tariffs from the Brexit trade deal.

Details of the EU deal revealed that Britain has a six-year window to build its supply of electric vehicle parts — either domestically or from the Continent — if it wants to continue selling them tariff-free to Europe.

Car-makers such as Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover were spared the worst-case scenario of 10% tariffs on exports in the last-minute deal, after spending hundreds of millions of pounds bolstering their emergency stockpiles.

But they now have until the end of 2026 to build up supplies of parts for electric vehicles sourced from the UK and EU


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