India - The OEM has announced plans to boost capacity at the plant, which is located an hour West of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. It is currently running at 100% capacity and produces three models - Tiago, Tigor and Nano - as well as several engines.
As well as potentially rolling out more petrol and diesel versions of the models, the company has revealed its intension to start making more electrified vehicles at Sanand, where it already makes the Tigor EV. However, the next step remains unclear. "There are several factors which need to be taken into consideration including government policy around electric vehicles as well as the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. We will take a further decision then after," commented Mayank Pareek, president of the passenger vehicle business unit at Tata Motors.
Sanand is Tata's youngest plant. Since it began operating in 2010, over 450,000 units have been churned out, and the number of employees has increased by 80% over the last two years alone.
Back in March 2017, Volkswagen and Tata signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of jointly developing components and vehicle concepts. Soon after, several media reports suggested that the companies had failed to reach agreements. According to a recent Bloomberg article, VW voiced interest in partnering with a company in India to make budget vehicles.