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Vehicle battery Gigafactory for Somerset

Global business to build Britain's largest EV battery gigafactory in Somerset by 2026, creating 4,000 jobs, with JLR and Tata Motors as initial customers.

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A global business is all set to build an EV battery gigafactory near Bridgwater, in Somerset. Preliminary works on the Gravity Smart Campus are in progress, with battery production set to begin in 2026.

JLR and Tata Motors will be the first customers but Agratas also plans to create batteries for other applications, including two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, as well as commercial energy storage solutions.

The new site will be Britain’s biggest battery manufacturing facility, according to Agratas, but will also be one of the largest in Europe and Tata Group’s first gigafactory outside India.

Investment Minister Lord Dominic Johnson said:

This is fantastic news for Somerset and will create 4,000 direct jobs plus thousands more in the wider supply chain. We’re committed to making the UK one of the very best places in the world for automotive investment, and Tata Group’s decision to build its gigafactory here shows once again that this government’s plan for the car industry is working.

Currently, the UK has just one gigafactory, located next to Nissan’s Sunderland plant.

The confirmation of the Bridgwater factory follows warnings from a cross-party committee of MPs last November that the UK government was falling behind its competitors and urgently needed to create an attractive environment for electric vehicle battery production in the UK.

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