India’s Tata Motors to Set Up Assembly Plant in Europe

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Sept. 9 – India’s automaker Tata Motors will set up an assembly facility for electric vehicles in the United Kingdom, Spain or Norway, the Chief Executive of Tata Motors European Technical Center told the DowJones Newswires.

“We don’t need to build a full plant, because the vehicle will come with the body, the wheels, all of the interior trim (from India),” said Clive Hickman during the sidelines of an electric car pilot project announcement ceremony supported by the Spanish government.  “All we have to do, is to install the electric motor, and the battery pack.”

The assembly plant is expected to be online by the end of the year with an initial production capacity of 5,000 electric cars although no financial details of the investment is clear.

Tata’s European plant will assemble the electric versions of its Indica Vista passenger car, and its ACE light commercial vehicle with the vehicles using lithium ion batteries  made by its Norwegian Miljo unit and electric motors from Canadian company TM4.