Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government for deployment of 1,000 electric vehicles (EV) across its range of passenger and commercial vehicles in the State on the occasion of the World Environment Day celebrations. Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors signed the MoU in the presence of the chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.
Speaking on the MoU signing initiative, 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.”
According to the MoU, Tata Power, a Tata Group company, and Tata Motors will facilitate setting up of EV charging stations in the state in order to boost the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 while accelerating the adoption of EVs in Maharashtra.
Also speaking about the venture, Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power said, “The Company is 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. We are happy to present Maharashtra with various electric vehicle charging stations that cover the wide expanse of the State. With these installations, Tata Power continues to pursue sustainable practices by using technology to provide Maharashtra customers access to energy-efficient options with ease."
The chief minister of Maharashtra also flagged off 5 Tigor EVs at the Gateway of India, Mumbai at the event. These vehicles were provided by Tata Motors to EESL as part of its tender. As part of its tender with EESL, Tata Motors has already completed the production of 250 cars and initiated the execution of phase 2 orders.
Talking about 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 5 Tigor EVs by EESL to the Maharashtra government has an 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.”
The Tigor EV by Tata Motors looks completely similar to the standard Tigor subcompact sedan, with the only noticeable difference in the form of the illuminated 'EV' badging on the grille. However, the powertrain differ from the standard Tigor in the form of an electric motor. Stay tuned to V3crs.com for further updates.