JLR to source battery cells from Agratas
JLR will rely on cells from Indian battery company Agratas for its future electric cars, as the carmaker has now announced to investors.
Agratas is a subsidiary of JLR’s parent company Tata, which had recently announced a battery cell factory in the Indian state of Gujarat with an initial annual capacity of 20 GWh and is planning another cell factory in Europe, presumably in the UK.
Agratas will be responsible for the design and production of the cells and JLR for the design and production of the battery packs. The pack is expected to offer a capacity of 120 kWh and allow ranges of up to 450 miles (724 kilometres) in electric cars based on the upcoming 800-volt all-electric platform EMA. JLR and Agratas also plan to work together on a recycling solution for the batteries
JLR and Agratas also want to work together on a recycling solution for the batteries. Müller promised “full transparency across the entire value chain” when it comes to sourcing and refining materials for packaging.
So far, JLR only has the Jaguar I-Pace as a fully-electric model in its portfolio. However, two electric Range Rovers and a Jaguar are to follow by 2025. Jaguar is to become an exclusively electric car brand by 2025, for which the manufacturer is developing its own dedicated BEV platform. The hybrid vehicles developed by Jaguar Land Rover will be dropped, such as the F-Pace PHEV, which was just updated in December. So far, the manufacturer is sticking to this statement. Given the current range, however, the attainability of this goal is questionable.