International Comparison and breakdown of the delivered cost of battery cells to the UK

Request for Proposal: Stage 1 - An Initial Assessment

The Faraday Institution requests proposals for a study to assess the competitiveness of battery cell manufacturing in the UK. Competitiveness will be assessed by identifying, estimating and comparing the different cost components of (automotive) battery cell manufacturing in leading countries.

The purpose of this study is to undertake an initial assessment of the UK’s competitive position for battery cell manufacture. Competitiveness will be determined through the development of a cross-country comparison spreadsheet model of the delivered cost of battery cells to the UK. The overarching aim is to identify the key cost factors where the UK could and should focus on in the future to ensure it can lead the EU in terms of (cost) competitive cell manufacturing.

The final deliverables will be a report and an Excel spreadsheet model that enables scenario modelling and demonstrates sensitivities to various inputs.  

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is relevant to the first part of a two-stage process:

  • Stage 1 is an ‘initial assessment’ of the costs of battery cells manufactured overseas and delivered to the UK. The initial assessment is a focused review and synthesis of publicly available literature, data and evidence, and the development of a spreadsheet model. It is focused on two overseas countries only (i.e. China/Korea and 1 EU country).
  • Stage 2 is a ‘detailed assessment’ of the costs of battery cells manufactured overseas and delivered to the UK. Whilst the scope and approach would be determined during Stage 1, we envisage it would be a data-driven project involving detailed primary research, detailed data collection and evidence-based modelling to deconstruct at a granular level the costs of battery cells manufactured overseas. We envisage that the detail assessment would compare five countries (e.g. China, Japan, Poland, Germany and the US) to the UK.

Stage 2 will be commissioned with a new RFP and it may be that a different consultant is awarded the contract. At this stage, a decision has not been made on whether to proceed with Stage 2.    

Download application form (Word) (pdf).

All questions and/or return of quotation should be directed to:

stephen.gifford@faraday.ac.uk with the email subject starting PROPOSAL.

Please return your quotation by 5pm on Friday 24th May 2019. We expect to contract the award on 30th May 2019, and the study would be completed by end August 2019.

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