Tata Motors, who won the contract to supply electric vehicles to the state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) last year, will now supply EVs to the Maharashtra government. Tata Motors and the State Government of Maharashtra have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of 1,000 units of the Tigor EV.
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 endeavour. 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.”
Tata Motors will also set up EV charging stations in the state while supplying the vehicles. The Chief Minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, flagged off 5 Tata Tigor EVs at the Gateway of India, Mumbai, to mark the occasion. The vehicles will be used by government officials.
Tata showcased the Tigor and Tiago EVs at the 2018 Auto Expo at Delhi. Both the cars get identical body shells but the illuminated EV badging on the grille set them apart from the regular versions. Under the hood, the Tigor and Tiago carry an electric motor that generates around 40 Bhp. It has a 3-phase AC induction motor. The powertrain comes from Electra EV, which is a well-known brand in the world of electric vehicles. Tata Motors will also put the Tiago and Tigor Electric on sale for the public at a later stage. Currently, the automotive giant has completed the production of 250 units of the Tigor EV and has started the production of phase 2 of the orders.