Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM) has begun manufacturing at its new Sanand factory in Gujarat, which had previously been owned by Ford India. Tata Motors purchased the 460-acre factory in January 2023 and expanded it in about a year to accommodate the production of both internal combustion and electric automobiles. The Tata Nexon is the first model to roll off the production line, marking a key milestone for the facility and signalling the start of another phase in Tata’s electric mobility effort.
The Sanand facility is strategically equipped with four primary shops: stamping, body construction, paint, and final assembly, all of which include modern automation and technology to ensure precise manufacture. Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited and TPEM, expressed his satisfaction in watching the facility’s first car rollout. The plant’s retooling included necessary upgrades such as new dies for stamping important panels, alterations in the weld shop with extra robots, and improvements in the paint and assembly shops.
Tata Motors emphasizes the importance of the Sanand plant in its growth strategy, noting that it will help the current market-beating expansion of the Passenger & Electric Vehicles division. The new facility, which now employs over 1,000 people, is anticipated to produce another 1,000 employees in the region within the following three to four months. Tata intends to invest in upskilling its staff by providing diplomas, Bachelor of Engineering, and Master’s degrees as needed.
Notably, the Sanand factory demonstrates Tata’s dedication to sustainability. The facility has a 50 kW solar rooftop, which aligns with environmentally friendly methods. Furthermore, it intends to be water-positive going forward, aiding in environmental conservation efforts.