New Delhi: Home-grown automaker Tata Motors is planning to begin their next phase of electric mobility journey from 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The company is set to launch electric vehicles (EVs) for personal use with a higher driving range during the auto show in March. In an interaction with the media, Shailesh Chandra, President, Electric mobility business and corporate strategy, Tata Motors said that the company is expected to launch a completely new electric car on roads in the next two years which will not be based on any existing model and the new vehicle is expected to be showcased at the forthcoming Motor Show in Geneva. He also added that even though the driving range for mid-size cars is roughly 140-150 kms at the moment, it is possible to bring in an EV for India that can drive up to 200-250 kilometres on a single charge.
India has a target to have 30 per cent of the vehicles as electric, and we want to win that race with a proactive approach. Our aim is to bring a comprehensive range of electric vehicles and offer a value proposition. Bringing in an EV with an increase in driving range per charge will cause the price to go up. But, hopefully, the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles) incentives will help in this context, added Mr Chandra.
He also said that the company is exploring good partnership and business models to deliver mobility as a service in the electric mobility business.
Tata Motors is not only looking at developing and selling electric vehicles but seeing how we can centralise the approach with a lot of partners to deliver a whole eco-system solution in the focused markets and micro-markets, said Mr Chandra.
To bring in electric vehicles connectivity across the country, Tata Motors has already taken various steps. From re-engineering its existing internal combustion engine cars Tigor and Tiago with an electric powertrain to developing a range of electric buses and electric small commercial vehicles, the company has decided to address the needs of the market.
Currently, Tata Motors is also concentrating on the demand of supplying 255 electric buses in six STUs (State Transport Undertakings) in the country – Lucknow, Jammu, Kolkata, Indore, Guwahati and Jaipur. Along with these cities, the company will also focus on 25 other cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune that are high on pollution and have scope for successful EV adoption.
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