Amara Raja begins construction of Telangana’s first giga factory
Industrial and automotive battery major, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. (ARBL) on Saturday held the ground-breaking ceremony of one of India's largest and Telangana's first giga factory.
The Amara Raja Giga Corridor for lithium cell and battery pack manufacturing will be set up in Divitipalli region of Mahbubnagar district in Telangana and the manufacturing unit will have a capacity of up to 16 GWh, Amara Raja stated in its official statement submitted to the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange).
"Amara Raja's core purpose has always been to build institutions that provide better opportunities to more and more people and this beginning today will transform this region in the years to come," said Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Founder, Amara Raja Group.
The ground-breaking ceremony happened at the hands of K. T. Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development and Minister of IT, Industries and Commerce in the presence of V Srinivas Goud, Minister for Prohibition & Excise, Sports & Youth Services, Tourism & Culture and Archaeology, Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Founder, Amara Raja Group, and Mr. Jayadev Galla – Chairman & MD, ARBL. The Amara Raja Giga Corridor will produce lithium-ion battery cells and batteries with an ultimate capacity of up to 16GWh and up to 5 GWh respectively.
Amara Raja confirmed the initial facilities would also an advanced energy research and innovation center, Amara Raja E +Ve Energy Labs. The lab will be equipped with advanced laboratories and testing infrastructure for material research, prototyping, product life cycle analysis, and Proof-of-Concept demonstration. This will cater to the development needs of the Amara Raja as well as provide a range of facilities open to other players in the energy and mobility ecosystem.
"Electric mobility remains a focus area for the Telangana government and we are committed to developing the right infrastructure and ecosystem for the promotion and adoption of EVs," said K T Rama Rao said. "Telangana has been a frontrunner in adopting sustainability, and it is a proud moment for the state to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony of Amara Raja Batteries' first lithium cell and battery pack manufacturing facility."
Telangana government had recently entered an MoU with Amara Raja Advanced Cell Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ARACT) a wholly owned subsidiary of ARBL, which has been working on Li-ion cell chemistries specifically suited for Indian subcontinent conditions and already supplies lithium battery packs and chargers to some electric two-wheeler and electric-three wheeler OEMs.
"We expect this foray to be a significant needle-mover in India's energy transition," said Vikramadithya Gourineni, Executive Director, ARBL.
"We have always been at the forefront of introducing new technologies and take immense pride in being able to build out world-class manufacturing units," Gourineni, added.
Amara Raja to set up 16 GWh Lithium-ion Battery giga plant in Telangana
Indian battery giant Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) is investing over ₹ 9,500 crores over the next ten years for establishing state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facilities for lithium-ion batteries in Mahbubnagar district, Telangana. The company has signed a MoU with the Government of Telangana in this regard, by which the 'Amara Raja Giga Corridor' will be set up to cater to the emerging battery demand.