Tata, India’s electric vehicle king, takes a frugal road less travelled

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By Aditi Shah PUNE, India (Reuters) – To make its first electric vehicle for the consumer market, India’s Tata Motors Ltd repurposed an unused shop floor at its flagship plant. Here, there’s no fancy assembly line – Nexon SUV bodies designed for gasoline models are wired and fitted with battery packs by hand. The area, which could be mistaken for a prototype lab, initially made just eight SUVs a day. But demand has shot up over the two years since the Nexon EV’s launch. Tata now makes more than 100 a day though much of that is now handled at another plant nearby. Even with this humble start, w…

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