Tata Group Unveils Plan to Build £4 Billion Battery Gigafactory in the UK

Tata Sons, the Indian conglomerate, has announced its ambitious venture to establish a battery gigafactory in the United Kingdom. With an investment exceeding £4 billion, this initiative is poised to revolutionise the electric mobility and renewable energy storage landscape across the UK and Europe. The gigafactory, projected to produce an impressive 40GW of battery cells annually, is slated to commence operations in 2026, with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Tata Motors identified as anchor customers.

N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, expressed his enthusiasm for this monumental undertaking, stating, “The Tata group is deeply committed to a sustainable future across all of our business. Today, I am delighted to announce the Tata group will be setting up one of Europe’s largest battery cell manufacturing facilities in the UK.”

The decision to establish the gigafactory in the UK underscores Tata’s dedication to fostering a competitive green technology ecosystem on a significant scale. Chandrasekaran emphasised the pivotal role of this investment in powering the automotive sector’s transition to electric mobility, particularly with JLR as a key beneficiary.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hailed Tata’s decision as a vote of confidence in Britain, labelling it as one of the largest-ever investments in the UK automotive sector. Sunak remarked, “This will be one of the largest ever investments in the UK automotive sector. It will not only create thousands of skilled jobs for Britons around the country, but it will also strengthen our lead in the global transition to electric vehicles, helping to grow our economy in clean industries of the future.”

The battery gigafactory aims to deliver high-quality, sustainable battery cells and packs for diverse applications within the mobility and energy sectors. Notably, the facility is committed to maximising its renewable energy usage, with an ambitious target of achieving 100% clean power.

Furthermore, the gigafactory will employ innovative technologies and resource-efficient processes such as battery recycling to foster a circular economy ecosystem, ensuring the recovery and reuse of all original raw materials.

Founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Tata, the Tata Group has evolved into a global enterprise with a presence in over 100 countries across six continents. Comprising 30 companies spanning ten verticals, the group’s revenue reached $128 billion in 2021-2022.

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