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A SWOT Analysis of the UK EV Battery Supply Chain

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School of Economics, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
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Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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School of Business Administration, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, Gui Yang 550025, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9807; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239807
Received: 30 October 2020 / Revised: 19 November 2020 / Accepted: 22 November 2020 / Published: 24 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
The aim of this research is to identify and explore the UK electric vehicle (EV) battery industry’s supply chain strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) by taking a leading UK EV battery company as an exploratory case study. Our research addresses the gap in knowledge surrounding the UK EV battery supply chain, as the current literature is limited whilst demands for EVs are surging. There are significant opportunities awaiting the EV battery industry, though it is crucial that companies are aware of the threats facing them. To address the gap, this research followed an exploratory qualitative research design using semi-structured interviews with experienced interviewees in the industry. By applying the SWOT analysis framework and the theory lens of Resource Based View (RBV), we suggest that the UK EV battery industry should diversify its supply base into multiple regions such as India, Africa, and the US, which would reduce the reliance on sourcing from China whilst maintaining good supplier relationships and continuous innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicle; battery; supply chain management; SWOT analysis electric vehicle; battery; supply chain management; SWOT analysis
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Zhang, Y.; Rysiecki, L.; Gong, Y.; Shi, Q. A SWOT Analysis of the UK EV Battery Supply Chain. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9807. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239807

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Zhang Y, Rysiecki L, Gong Y, Shi Q. A SWOT Analysis of the UK EV Battery Supply Chain. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9807. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239807

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Zhang, Yun, Louise Rysiecki, Yu Gong, and Qi Shi. 2020. "A SWOT Analysis of the UK EV Battery Supply Chain" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9807. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239807

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