It’s hard to imagine a TVR without a thundering soundtrack and, incidentally, we’ve been waiting a long time for it to come back (deliveries of the new TVR Griffith, by the way, are expected to begin by the end of 2023). But even before the first Griffiths begin rolling out of the company’s refurbished manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, TVR announced a deal with a lithium mining company as it plans its electrified future – and if only we could harness all the energy. about to be released on PHers keyboards at that news …
The agreement between Ensorcia Metals Corporation and TVR is described as a financing and technology partnership. Ensorcia supplies green lithium from its patented extraction process using brine, which it claims produces “high quality lithium with maximum environmental and operational efficiency”.
According to Les Edgar, president of TVR, “Having access to advanced EV technologies, including green lithium supplies via the leading and environmentally friendly process, is an extremely important element in ensuring that TVR becomes a sustainable, zero-emission business.” . The company says work on future powertrains moving away from traditional fossil fuels has already begun ahead of the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
It’s a great development for a company that, let’s face it, has a lot to do. It has suffered a number of setbacks, including the need to re-roof the entire 180,000-square-foot site in the Rassau industrial estate. Work on the factory is continuing, with funding from the Welsh government, and the company says it is expected to move to the site in the first quarter of 2022.
If it’s any consolation for those of you still reeling from the idea of a TVR EV, the agreement with Ensorcia includes “production development” of the V8 engine for use in the Griffith – ostensibly through a subsidiary, Ensorcia Automotive. So there are at least a few crumbs of comfort before hell freezes.