Tata Builds British Gigafactory in Somerset

The location for Tata Group’s first battery cell gigafactory outside India has been decided. Agratas, Tata’s battery subsidiary, just announced Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater in the south-west English county of Somerset as the location. In July 2023, the UK government had already confirmed that the Indian company is going to build a factory in Great Britain.

Annual capacity of 40 gigawatt-hours

The battery cell factory will have an annual capacity of 40 gigawatt-hours and create around 4,000 jobs in the region. The almost five-billion-US-dollar battery production facility will start its production in 2026. Preparatory work is underway, and the first foundations will be laid in the spring of 2024. Investments of several billion British pounds are planned to bring state-of-the-art technology to Somerset and support the UK’s transition to electric mobility.

Batteries also planned for other applications

The gigafactory will serve Tata itself and its British subsidiary JLR as customers. In addition to automotive-grade battery cells, Agratas also plans to develop batteries for other applications such as two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, and stationary energy storage on a commercial scale.

Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/feb/28/tata-confirms-somerset-battery-factory-bridgwater

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