December 8, 2022: Amara Raja Batteries has agreed to a build a 16GWh lithium battery cells factory together with research facilities in the southern Indian state of Telangana, the company confirmed on December 2.
The lead batteries major said the new plant would include a 5GWh battery pack assembly unit, under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed with the state government.
Amara Raja chairman and MD Jayadev Galla said Telangana would become the company’s ‘giga corridor’, featuring advanced laboratories and testing infrastructure for material research, prototyping, product life cycle analysis and proof of concept demonstration.
He said the partnership with Telangana was “a giant leap for Amara Raja and will bring in the impetus for innovations in sustainable technologies for the whole region, in addition to generating employment opportunities”.
The partnership follows Amara Raja’s launch of a new subsidiary, announced on November 3, to spearhead the addition of lithium ion tech to the group’s lead battery manufacturing operations.
The company said then that a site for the subsidiary’s “multi-gigawatt” battery cells facility would be confirmed soon.