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Indian company Agratas will supply packs of up to 120kWh capacity for future Jaguar and Land Rover electric cars

JLR (formerly known as Jaguar Land Rover) will partner with Indian battery company Agratas to source packs that will give EVs a range of up to 450 miles, the company told investors on Monday.

Agratas is owned by JLR parent company Tata, which is looking at both the UK and Spain as a location to build a cell plant in Europe.

Batteries are expected to initially come from a plant in Gujurat, India, after Tata signed a deal with the state in early June to build a cell plant there with an initial capacity of 20GWh.

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JLR told attendees of the company’s investor day that batteries from Agratas would have a much higher energy density than those in the Jaguar I-Pace – currently the company’s only EV.

The new batteries would give 120kWh from 342 litres of cell capacity, compared with 84kWh from 387 litres in the I-Pace pack, said JLR's head of product engineering, Thomas Müller.

The pack size would give a range of up to 450 miles in the EMA Ultra Range pack, ller said.

EMA is the new EV architecture that will underpin smaller Range Rover, Discovery and possible Defender models in the future.

JLR has already said the electric Jaguar would have a range of 434 miles.

Jlr investor day agratas batteries charging

The new battery would also allow rapid charging to add an extra 200 miles of range in 15 minutes, ller said.

Agratas will be responsible for the cell design and production, with JLR overseeing the design and production of the cell pack.

Both companies will work together on a recycling solution. Müller promised “full transparency across the value chain” when it comes to sourcing and refining materials for the pack.

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JLR will launch an electric Range Rover next year, followed by the first of three electric Jaguars – a four-door GT – in 2025

It’s not clear whether the Agratas batteries will be ready for the first electric Range Rover or Jaguar.

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Marc 13 June 2023
So a target of under 4 miles per kw. Great progress JLR...

I wonder what the cost of that signed deal with the state of Gujurat was?

Still, low cost labour, low operating costs, low value of corporate CSR. All equals high profit, and some considerably better off local officials, so happy days.

Andrew1 13 June 2023
What a shock! The Indian company Tata chooses the Indian company Agratas.