New Delhi: Tata Motors is gearing up to start production of EVs at its Sanand plant, which it acquired from Ford India last year, from April 2024.
The company’s subsidiary, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., secured the facility for ₹725.7 crore in January 2023. “We’re thrilled to announce the commencement of electric vehicle production at Sanand, starting with the Nexon EV in April,” shared Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles.
The Sanand plant already manufactures the popular Nexon, but with an internal combustion engine. It boasts an impressive production capacity of 3 lakh units per year, with the potential to be scaled up to 4.2 lakh units. And Tata Motors isn’t stopping there. Chandra revealed plans to produce upcoming EV models at the facility as well.
The company’s electric vehicle pipeline is looking electrifying, with the highly anticipated Curvv EV slated for a launch sometime between April and June 2024. “We’re aiming to introduce the Harrier EV and the ICE version of the Curvv by the end of this year,” Chandra added, amping up the excitement for EV enthusiasts.
Tata Motors is optimistic about the future of the passenger vehicle industry, anticipating a 5% growth in the next fiscal year. “With our exciting launches lined up, we’re confident of surpassing the industry growth,” Chandra stated confidently.
To further accelerate the adoption of EVs in India, the company has urged the government to extend the FAME subsidy scheme to personal electric cars. Chandra pointed out that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, which offered incentives to EV buyers, witnessed a significant surge in electric car sales.
He also highlighted the issue of the inverted duty structure on EVs, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts. “Removing this anomaly is another key step we’re advocating for,” Chandra concluded.
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