Tata Power, Tata Motors in pact to set up EV charging stations
31 May 2018
India’s largest integrated power company Tata Power today signed a pact with Tata Motors to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Maharashtra.
Earlier Tata Motors had signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Maharashtra to support the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy (2018) in accelerating the adoption of Electric Vehicles in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the new EV charging stations, coinciding with the week-long World Environment Day celebration.
The two Tata Group companies have set up EV charging stations have at nine new locations in Mumbai — Matunga, BKC, Bhandup (near LBS Marg), Chembur, Malad (near Link Road) and Carnac Bundar (near Fort and the Freeway).
Praveer Sinha, CEO and managing director, Tata Power, said, “With these installations, Tata Power continues to pursue sustainable practices by using technology to provide Maharashtra customers access to energy-efficient options with ease.”
Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, “We are uniquely positioned to leverage the strength of our group companies to create an EV ecosystem. With our ready portfolio of EV offerings across our passenger and commercial vehicles, we are geared up to meet future requirements beyond the current tender commitments.”
With the installation of these Electric Vehicle chargers, Tata Power has taken a step towards removing worries over locating recharging stations for electric vehicles.
As charging points become widespread more car buyers are expected to opt for electric vehicles from fossil fuel vehicles.
Tata Power plans to device a mix of fast and regular chargers at these charging stations that will facilitate the charging of vehicles. The chargers can also monitor the car battery charging status and units consumed while charging a car.
Tata Power has been a forerunner in technology adoption and innovation while also setting industry benchmarks in operational and sustainability aspects.
Being the first to propagate the change towards sustainable energy, Tata Power aims to supplement the government's plan to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030, by installing charging stations at strategic locations.
Since the inauguration of the first station in August 2017, two more were started in January 2018 for public usage at Palladium mall in the Lower Parel area and Phoenix Market City in the Kurla area of the city.