Britishvolt has entered into an exclusive technology collaboration agreement with Siemens.

The tie-up will see Siemens provide Britishvolt with access to its automation, electrification solutions and Digital Twin manufacturing execution technology.

The system gives the opportunity to simulate gigaplant production processes and flows ahead of construction completion. It also promises to speed up delivery times, allowing Britishvolt to stay on track to deliver the first lithium-ion batteries at the end of 2023.

Additionally, Siemens is providing Britishvolt with its design and simulation development tools, accelerating the time it takes for lithium-ion battery cells to go from laboratory to production at scale.

"Working with Siemens and utilising its global expertise in Digital Twin and simulation technologies will play a pivotal role in Britishvolt achieving its tight deadlines to begin producing batteries, at scale, by the end of 2023," said Britishvolt CEO, Orral Nadjari.

"Being able to simulate production of lithium-ion batteries and cell development speeds up a complicated process and allows us to bring crucial batteries to market quicker. Working with leading global partners such as Siemens helps us stay firmly on course in our mission to build the UK's first battery gigaplant."

For his part, Siemens GB and Ireland, CEO, Carl Ennis, added: "In order to give manufacturers and end customers the confidence to switch to electric vehicles, we need to have this crucial part of the supply chain here in the UK.

"Siemens has the manufacturing and energy infrastructure technology and services to help Britishvolt build the most efficient, sustainable gigaplant. We are keen to start working with Britishvolt to get the Blyth site operational by 2023, supplying batteries and delivering crucial investment in the North East, helping to level up the UK economy."

Britishvolt says its gigaplant is one the largest industrial investments ever undertaken in the UK and the largest in North-East England since the 1980s.

With construction due to start this summer, Britishvolt remains on track to begin production of lithium-ion batteries in 2023.