Tata Motors have supplied a total of 500 Tigor EVs – fully electric version of the sedan to car rental company Zoom car . Tata had already supplied these versions to the govt as official cars. For early stage operations these Tigors will be operated in Pune and then 19 other cities across India.
This move by both the companies is to advance electric mobility in India and to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles in India. The first batch of Tigor EVs were flagged off from Concorde Motors in Baner by Shailesh Chandra, President, Electric Mobility Business and Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors and Greg Moran, Co-Founder and CEO, Zoomcar.
Speaking on the occasion, Shailesh Chandra said, “The future of mobility will increasingly be connected, shared and powered by zero emission technologies. Tata Motors is strongly committed to this transformative journey and working with all like-minded partners to accelerate the enabling ecosystem. It is a great pleasure to announce our partnership with Zoomcar to offer shared electric mobility solution for the citizens of Pune. Tata Tigor EV will now be available on the self-drive rental platform, offered by Zoomcar, to enable zero-emission transport option for the citizens of Pune. We are confident that our customers will appreciate and enjoy the driving experience.”
Commenting on the partnership, Greg Moran said, “The Zoomcar team is thrilled to partner with Tata Motors to bring electric vehicles to Pune. This marks the beginning of a dynamic partnership within electric mobility and we expect to touch 20 cities and 500 electric vehicles with Tata over the next year.”
All has not been smooth for Tata with the Tigor though, it faced criticism by the govt officials it was being used for. Mainly, on the range and overall shift from gasoline to electric irrespective of it being a Tata car or not was put forward by them.
The Tigor electric version packs enough features with AC, power steering, audio system and other necessary features. It has a top speed of 130 kmph and a battery range of up to 120 kms. While, according to ARAI standard test conditions, a drive range of 142km is within its capabilities on a full charge.The Tata Tigor EVs were first unveiled late last year and visually aren’t very different from its internal combustion engine-powered derivatives.
In a statement, Tata said that the company is committed to the government’s vision of driving electric mobility in the country and is collaborating with other partners to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles.
However, Zoomcar sharing this electric power induction into the market vision has also got the Mahindra E2O plus – 50 of them to be precise again in Pune for operations .
The Tigor EV is not for sale right now for fellow countrymen. It should be soon that they get it to the dealerships.
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