Tata Group has chosen the UK as the home for its first battery gigafactory outside India. The new gigafactory, with a production capacity of 40 GWh, will be one of the largest in Europe.
Tata Group will invest over £4 billion ($5 billion) in this factory, which will produce batteries for another Tata Sons investment, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), as well as other EV manufacturers in the UK and Europe. The gigafactory will supply JLR’s future battery electric models including the Range Rover, Defender, Discovery, and Jaguar brands.
Production at the new gigafactory is due to start in 2026.
Tata Group announced in its investors’ presentation earlier this year that it will produce long-range, high-performance, and fast-charging batteries at the UK fab. Its immediate focus will be end-to-end cell design to validation, and, industrialization.
Back home, Tata Group is setting up a 20 GW+ battery cell facility in Gujarat to supply batteries designed with a focus on long lifecycle and safety for Tata Motors EV customers.
Tata Group plans to cater to a wider range of customer segments in the future, including energy storage solutions, two-wheelers and three-wheelers, and commercial vehicles in addition to passenger cars.
The company said in its investors’ presentation that its battery cell arm has developed a unified ‘Prismatic’ cell format for Tata Motors and JLR EVs, which can be easily extended to other segments. Stacking of prismatic cells allows superior cell-to-pack efficiency, fast charging, flexibility in chemistry, enhanced safety with terminals at either end, and high efficiency. Initially, the Group will focus on both LFP and NMC batteries for Tata Motors and JLR passenger vehicles.
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