Tata Motors' e-mobility drive: Rolls out Tigor EV from Sanand

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Tata Motors had bagged the Rs 1,120 crore tender to manufacture 10,000 units of the Tata Tigor Electric Vehicle (EV) for the government. While Tata Group's Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and Chairman N Chandrasekaran flagged off first batch, Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek drove off the first Tata Tigor EV. For an additional 100 cars, the LoA is expected to be issued shortly by EESL.

Flagging off the first batch of electric vehicles, Mr. Chandrasekaran said it was a significant milestone for the company and a proud moment for the entire team. "I am confident that our customers will respond very favourably to this electric model", Chandrasekaran said, flagging off the first vehicle.

"With Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and offering a full range of electric vehicles to the Indian customers. This tender has effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the vision of the government", Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said.

Tata Motors became the L1 bidder (lowest bidder) for the EESL order of 10,000 electric cars, by outbidding Mahindra by Rs 2.3 lakh, and will supply the bulk of the order to government of India during a period of two years.

Tata Tigor EV comes with no noticeable visual change when compared to its fossil fuel variants.

This is part of the government plan to own a completely electric fleet by 2030 in order to cut oil imports as well as emission levels.

Tata Motors might have secured an order of 10,000 Tata Tigor EV cars but it was not the only one in the race. Mahindra and Mahindra will supply the remaining 150 sedans, which form part of the total 500 EV vehicles ordered by EESL in the first phase.

The EESL had placed the order in October, which mandated supply on or before 30 November, but was later postponed to December-end.

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