Tata confirms £4bn investment in UK battery factory

The forthcoming site of the UK's biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility has been approved.
The forthcoming site of the UK's biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility has been approved.

The forthcoming site of the UK’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility has been approved.

Tata, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, has officially announced plans to invest £4 billion in a brownfield site near Bridgwater in Somerset for the construction of a flagship battery factory.

Significant Investment and Job Creation

The government had previously disclosed that the battery factory would be established in the UK, but this announcement marks the first formal confirmation of the site. 

The new plant is anticipated to generate 4,000 jobs directly and thousands more in the supply chain, with battery production slated to commence in 2026.

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Location and Capacity

The factory, to be operated by Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, will be situated at the Gravity Smart Campus in Puriton, formerly a Royal Ordnance Factory. 

Agratas will be the inaugural occupant, utilizing around 50% of the land. 

By the early 2030s, the facility aims to contribute nearly half of the UK automotive sector’s projected battery manufacturing capacity, producing 40GWh of battery cells annually, sufficient for approximately 500,000 passenger vehicles.

Boost for Somerset Economy

Emma Rawlings, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, hailed the development as a boon for the region, positioning Somerset at the forefront of the transition to electric vehicles. 

She noted that Somerset businesses, familiar with the Hinkley Point C supply chain, are well-positioned to provide expertise for the gigafactory.

Strategic Location

Located just over 15 miles from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, the gigafactory’s proximity to this energy source is seen as advantageous. 

Initially catering to Jaguar Land Rover vehicles such as Range Rover, Defender, and Jaguar models, the facility also aims to supply other automakers and engage in commercial energy storage.

Community Engagement

Tom Flack, CEO of Agratas, emphasized the company’s commitment to engaging with the local community throughout the factory’s construction. 

Agratas has established a Whatsapp channel for residents and plans to distribute leaflets to thousands of residents to ensure transparency and collaboration.

Local Reception

The official confirmation of the site and the associated job prospects has been warmly received in Somerset, signaling a significant step forward for the region’s economy and green initiatives.

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