Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government of Maharashtra to deploy 1000 Electric Vehicles (EV) across its passenger and commercial vehicle range across the state. An association involving Tata Group company, Tata Power Ltd, and Tata Motors will look into setting up EV charging stations in the State. The MoU boosts Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 aimed for quicker adoption of EVs. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors signed the MoU in the CMs presence. 5 Tata Tigor EV provided by the company to EESL as part of its tender were flagged off at Gateway of India, Mumbai. However, with time needed in building more charging points for 10,000 electric cars, and more depending on tenders; and varied state government offices being slow in taking deliveries, the EESL EV car adoption process is delayed at government level.
Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, “Tata Motors is committed to the Government’s vision of e-mobility in India. We are excited to join forces with the Government of Maharashtra towards this endeavor. We are uniquely positioned to leverage the strength of our group companies to create an EV ecosystem. With our ready portfolio of EV offerings across our passenger and commercial vehicles, we are geared up to meet future requirements beyond the current tender commitments.” He added, “As part of our tender with EESL, we have already completed the production of 250 cars and initiated the execution of phase 2 orders. Today’s delivery of 5 Tigor EV by EESL to the Maharashtra Government has effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the Government’s vision. With Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and will offer a full range of electric vehicles to the Indian customers. We continue to work in a collaborative manner to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles and to build a sustainable future for India.”
Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “We are committed to making Maharashtra EV ready and to the Government’s ambition of providing green technology solutions. We are happy to partner with Tata Motors to deliver on the Government and Group’s vision of reducing India’s carbon footprint and enabling the customers with a sustainable future. . With these installations, Tata Power continues to pursue sustainable practices by using technology to provide Maharashtra customers access to energy-efficient options with ease.”
With India moving towards an electric vehicle goal, Tata Motors gears up to capture the space with focused and tangible measures. The latest comes with the appointment of Shailesh Chandra to lead the company’s Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy as President, and member of the Executive Committee. Tata Motors’ new business vertical will be focused on e-mobility solutions. He has led project teams to deliver the all important EESL project. Tata Motors is closely working on the Government’s vision for electric vehicles by 2030 in a collaborative manner to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles here.
“Tata Motors is optimistic about the future of Electric vehicles and would play a leading role in the electric mobility evolution in the country. We will also leverage on the capabilities of other Tata Group companies to develop the full ecosystem and fast track the adoption of e-mobility,” said Mr. Guenter Butschek, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Motors.
Shailesh Chandra, President- Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy said, “It is an exciting responsibility and I keenly look forward to drive Tata Motors’ vision of proactively developing the e-Mobility ecosystem in the country and leveraging this new opportunity for the company.”