Tata Group to build EV battery gigafactory in UK

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Tata Group has announced its plan to establish a global battery cell gigafactory in the United Kingdom with a capacity to produce 40GW of cells annually. The company is set to invest US$5 billion in the project, in line with its commitment to electric mobility and renewable energy storage solutions. 

Abiding by an official statement from the company, the gigafactory will produce high-performance, sustainable battery cells, and packs for a variety of applications within the mobility and energy sectors, with production due to start in 2026. Additionally, the plant will deploy innovative technologies and resource-efficient processes like battery recycling to recover and reuse all the original raw materials to deliver a truly circular economy ecosystem. 

Announcing the investment, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran said, “Our multi-million-pound investment will bring state-of-the-art technology to the country, helping to power the automotive sector’s transition to electric mobility, anchored by our own business, Jaguar Land Rover. With this strategic investment, the Tata Group further strengthens its commitment to the UK, alongside our many companies operating here across technology, consumer, hospitality, steel, chemicals, and automotive. I also want to thank His Majesty’s Government, which has worked so closely with us to enable this investment.” 

Noting that this will be the largest-ever investment in the UK automotive sector, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the move would create 4,000 job opportunities and boost the country’s automotive sector. 

“With the global transition to zero-emission vehicles well underway, this will help grow our economy by driving forward our lead in battery technology whilst creating as many as 4,000 jobs, and thousands more in the supply chain. We can be incredibly proud that Britain has been chosen as home to Tata Group’s first gigafactory outside India, securing our place as one of the most attractive places to build electric vehicles,” he added.