According to a recent announcement, Mahindra and Tata Motors will supply 1000 electric vehicles each to the Maharashtra government as part of the government’s efforts to boost electric vehicle (EV) mobility in the state. The Maharashtra government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with both the carmakers for deployment of electric vehicles, under which the electric vehicles deployed by Mahindra will be used by various fleet partners, taxi aggregators, logistics companies, besides others.
Another MoU was signed between Mahindra and the Maharashtra government, under which the company took a pledge to invest an additional Rs. 500 crore in its Chakan plant for manufacture of EVs, e-motors, controller, battery pack and other electric vehicle components.
Meanwhile, Tata Motors made an announcement that it will facilitate the establishment of EV charging stations in Maharashtra in partnership with its group company, Tata Power Ltd. The largest integrated power company of India, Tata Power, set up Mumbai’s first electric vehicle charging station in Vikhroli last year. It was soon followed by two more locations in January 2018. In fact, such EV charging stations have been set up at 9 new places by the company, thus making it a total count of 12.
The first deployment of EVs under the pact with the government was marked by Mahindra supplying 25 Mahindra e2oPlus vehicles to self-drive car rental major, Zoomcar, in Mumbai. Also, government body Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) delivered 5 Tata Tigor EVs to the Maharashtra government.
EESL has produced 250 eTigors from Tata Motors and 150e-Veritos from Mahindra, under Phase I of the tender to procure electric vehicles for government use. The tender was floated in 2017 for 10,000 EV units, and EESL intends to roll out the rest by March 2019.