Tata commences production of EVs at its Sanand facility in Gujarat
Indian EV manufacturer Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM) recently announced the start of production of passenger electric vehicles from its new facility in Sanand, Gujarat. The facility, which previously belonged to Ford India Private Limited (FIPL), was acquired by Tata Motors' subsidiary back in 2022.
Spread across 460 acres, the Sanand facility will be Tata Motors' second plant in Gujarat to manufacture passenger cars. The plant houses four main shops – Stamping, Body construction, Paint and Final assembly shop - equipped with high level of automation and latest technology, to ensure precision manufacturing, the company claims.
Tata has done major retooling and technology upgrades in the facility, by implementing several world-class technologies setting new benchmarks within the industry, Tata adds.
Commenting on the development, Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited and TPEM said, "Witnessing the first car roll out of the new TPEM facility in Sanand is a proud moment for us. We have successfully retooled the factory in the shortest span of 12 months, taking it to new level to accommodate a wide range of existing products and future new models to come".
"I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Gujarat for its wholesome support and our employees without whom this accomplishment would not have been possible. I am confident that this facility will play a pivotal role in steering Tata Motors, especially TPEM, towards achieving newer feats", he added.
Under the brand name Tata.ev, TPEM aims to invest $2 billion by 2026 to launch 10 new electric vehicles, build a dedicated BEV architecture, support local manufacture of key components and development of advanced automotive and battery technologies.
Moreover, the company also intends to catalyze the creation of a widespread charging infrastructure and other support systems as part of a larger EV ecosystem to facilitate rapid EV adoption in India.
"TPEM business has delivered market beating growth over the last few years. We have strong plans to sustain this momentum, with our robust pipeline of future ready "New Forever" products and proactive investments in electric vehicles", declared Shailesh Chandra, who was featured in ETN 50 Global Leaders of Emerging Tech consecutively for the last two years for his exemplary leadership in making Tata EVs a great success in India.
With existing capacities near saturation, the new facility will unlock an additional manufacturing capacity of 300,000 units per annum, scalable to 420,000 units per annum, he added.