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Tata confirms Somerset site as location for UK battery factory

Agratas
Agratas

The £4 billion facility will be located at the Gravity Smart Campus

Europe’s largest EV battery factory will be located in Bridgwater, Somerset, owner Tata Group has today confirmed, with construction to begin imminently ahead of battery production starting in 2026.

The £4 billion facility, backed by £500m of government funding, will be located at the 620-acre Gravity Smart Campus, the site of a former Royal Ordnance factory that made bombs during World War Two.

The site has been linked to various car and battery manufacturers in the past and was already widely understood to be where Tata would break ground in the coming months.

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Today’s confirmation comes seven months after JLR’s parent company selected the UK as the base for its European gigafactory.

Tata’s first battery factory outside of its Indian home market will be run by subsidiary Agratas and, with an eventual capacity of 40GWh, will be one of the largest such facilities in Europe.

That capacity alone is just under half of what the UK needs in order to cater to projected local electric vehicle production by 2030.

Autocar understands the site will be known as Agratas South West, but it remains unclear whether that holds any implications for future Agratas facilities in other parts of the country.

The factory, which will create 4000 jobs, will initially make batteries for Tata Motors and JLR (formerly Jaguar Land Rover) – brands that sit under the Tata Group umbrella – before later expanding to produce cells for different applications, such as commercial vehicles, two-wheelers and energy storage solutions.

Tata is looking locally to fill the 4000 jobs needed for its new gigafactory. There will also be thousands more created within the supply chain, it predicts, especially as a host of support businesses and technology companies will need to set up shop nearby.