Amara Raja Batteries Ltd will invest INR 9,500 crore ($1,167 million) over the next ten years to set up state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facilities for lithium-ion batteries in Telangana. The company intends to have a lithium cell gigafactory with an ultimate capacity of up to 16 GWh and a battery pack assembly unit of up to 5 GWh. It has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Telangana on the proposed investment.
The initial facilities would include a first-of-its-kind advanced energy research and innovation center in Hyderabad, dubbed the Amara Raja E-hub. This facility will be equipped with advanced laboratories and testing infrastructure for material research, prototyping, product life-cycle analysis, and proof-of-concept demonstration. This will cater to the development needs of the Amara Raja as well as provide a range of facilities open to other players in the energy and mobility ecosystem.
In addition, as part of its journey towards giga-scale manufacturing of advanced cell technology products, Amara Raja would be establishing a commercial-scale pilot plant and the first giga-scale cell production facility. Towards this, the company has incorporated a subsidiary named Amara Raja Advanced Cell Technologies.
Amara Raja has been working on Li-ion cell chemistries specifically suited for Indian subcontinent conditions, and already supplies lithium battery packs and chargers to some two- and three-wheeler OEMs.
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