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Tata Motors accelerates EV push

Tata Motors has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government to supply 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) including passenger and commercial vehicles to the state. Apart from this, Tata Motors and Tata Power will work together to set up EV charging stations across the state as well. Company officials said that the latest move should give a boost to the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy 2018, which was announced recently.

The MOU was signed as part of the World Environment Day celebrations. In all 1,000 EVs will be deployed in the government fleet of passenger and commercial vehicles. The MoU boosts the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 in accelerating the adoption of EVs. Guenter Butschek, chief executive officer and managing director, Tata Motors signed the MoU in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Maharashtra. Additionally, the chief minister also flagged off five 5 electric Tigor’s at the Gateway of India, Mumbai. These vehicles were provided by the company to EESL as part of its tender.

Speaking on the MoU, Butschek, said, “Tata Motors is committed to the government’s vision of e-mobility in India. We are excited to join forces with the Maharashtra government 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.”

On setting up of new EV charging stations in Mumbai, Praveer Sinha, chief executive officer and 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 reduce India’s carbon footprint and enable customers with a sustainable future. We are happy to present Maharashtra with various electric vehicle charging stations that cover the state. With these installations, we continue to pursue sustainable practices by using technology to provide customers access to energy-efficient options with ease.”

Commenting on the flag-off of Tigor EVs, Butschek 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 five Tigor EVs by EESL to the Maharashtra government has effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space. With the electric Tigor 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.

The government is aiming to have more than 30 percent of vehicles run on electricity by 2030 in a bid to lower air pollution and curb reliance on fossil fuels. Cheap fossil fuel-driven cars and an absence of state subsidies for electric vehicles make purchases by the government and companies critical for EV sales, according to BNEF, which expects EVs to comprise about seven per cent of sales in India by 2030. Zig Wheels


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