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Tata announces a new battery factory set to power 500,000 EVs annually!

Exciting news has been announced for Somerset, UK! The location for the biggest electric vehicle battery factory has been confirmed, bringing in a whopping £4 billion investment from Tata, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover. This factory will be built on a previously unused area near Bridgwater, creating around 4,000 jobs directly and many more in supporting industries.

The factory, set to start production in 2026, will be massive, covering around six or seven million square feet – one of the largest buildings in the country! This facility will be run by Agratas, a Tata Group company, marking its first venture outside India. They're planning to produce enough batteries annually to power about 500,000 electric cars.

The site chosen for this gigafactory is the Gravity Smart Campus in Puriton, a place with historical significance as it was once a Royal Ordnance Factory during World War Two. This move is seen as a crucial step in the UK's push towards green energy and electric vehicles.

The factory's location, just over 15 miles from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, is strategic. It will primarily supply batteries for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles initially, but the plan is to expand to other car manufacturers and energy storage for commercial use.

Local leaders and organizations are thrilled about the opportunities this brings. Emma Rawlings, CEO of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the boost this will give to the local economy. Meanwhile, Martin Bellamy, chairman of Gravity, emphasized the significance of this project for the UK's electric vehicle revolution.

The excitement is palpable, with local councils and educational institutions gearing up to support this monumental project. Somerset is ready to be at the forefront of the UK's green energy industry, creating a brighter future for generations to come.

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