Tata’s Agratas names site for UK gigafactory

Tata’s Agratas names site for UK gigafactory

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February 29, 2024: Agratas, the Tata Group’s international battery business, yesterday confirmed the UK location where it will invest more than £4 billion ($5 billion) to build an initial 40GWh battery cell factory.

 The Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater, Somerset (see image), will host the plant that will eventually create up to 4,000 jobs with thousands more in the supply chain, Agratas said.

Tata chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran said last July the gigafactory would start producing cells in 2026 following a “rapid ramp-up phase” — supplying batteries for EVs and battery storage systems in the UK and mainland Europe.

The UK government, which is reportedly providing hundreds of millions of pounds to support the project, has previously said details will be disclosed at a later date.

According to the UK government, the plant’s initial output will provide nearly half of the battery production that the Faraday Institution estimates the UK will need by 2030.

Tata has said the new plant will deploy innovative technologies and resource efficient processes such as battery recycling to recover and reuse all the original raw materials “to deliver a truly circular economy ecosystem”.