India’s steel-to-autos conglomerate Tata Group, is making a big effort towards clean vehicles; it plans on producing electric cars and batteries, build recycling plants and set up charging stations around the country, said senior executives said on Tuesday.
They went on to add, more than half a dozen companies, including Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors, Tata Power and Tata Croma, a chain of stores selling consumer electronics, are pooling in resources and expertise to build an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
These plans were announced ahead of Tata’s launch of its electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV) Nexon EV, which was attended by the Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran as well as the company’s family patriarch Ratan Tata.
“This is the launch of an ecosystem, which is the real need, not just another vehicle launch,” said Guenter Butschek, managing director at Tata Motors, which also owns the British luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover.
In an effort to slash pollution in several cities, India is encouraging automakers to build electric vehicles.
The Indian EV market faces headwinds with some carmakers saying charging infrastructure needs to be set up first and that battery costs are too high to build affordable EVs for the Indian market.
Tata Power, which has already set up 100 charging stations, will add another 650 in more than 20 major Indian cities over the next one year, said Tata Power’s CEO Praveer Sinha.
All charging stations will support fast charging and will have a mobile app, developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for checking availability of chargers and for payments, said Sinha.