LONDON -- UK-based battery startup Britishvolt could build a second factory in Canada.
Company adviser and former Ford Motor executive Joe Bakaj said Canada is attractive "in terms of availability of renewable energy and potentially raw materials."
Bakaj said the plans are at an early stage. "We are having very good discussions with local governments," he added.
Britishvolt said last month that it had appointed Bakaj as an adviser.
Bakaj spent more than 30 years with Ford working in the U.S. and Europe. He oversaw the engineering teams that created engines in the EcoBoost lineup and retired from the automaker in 2018 when he was head of product development in Europe.
A Britishvolt spokesman said the Canada plant would be similar in size to a planned 30 gigawatt-hour plant in Blyth, England, which is scheduled to start production in 2023 and reach its capacity of 30 GWh of batteries by 2027. Construction is due to start later this year.
A 30 GWh plant would be able to supply 300,000 100 kilowatt-hour battery packs a year.
The company would target automakers building vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, the spokesman said. It would still be known in Canada as Britishvolt.
CEO Orral Nadjari recently he said was looking to finance Britishvolt’s expansion by listing the company in the U.S. through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.
The company has not identified any automotive customers yet, and it's unclear if any automaker will agree on a supply deal with a startup that is still seeking funding.