Tata Motors Limited has joined hands with Lithium Urban Technologies, a commercial EV fleet provider (outside of China), to explore new models for customers who are looking for customized mobility solutions in the passenger, mass transit, and freight segments.
As a part of this new partnership, the company has signed a contract for the deployment of 400 newly launched Tigor EV sedan with an extended range of 213 km across the country. The new Tigor EV sedan is available both for fleets and personal use segments, and it qualifies for the Fame II incentive for eligible commercial customers.
The collaboration also plans to add 100 EV in the future, which would include the yet to be launched Nexon EV for corporate leadership transport services.
Speaking about the collaboration, Shailesh Chandra, of electric mobility business & corporate strategy, said, “This is not just the most significant milestone for Tata Motors’ e-mobility business, but also a big turning point in the EV market, which is now likely to see fleets electrify faster than ever before. We are delighted to enter this partnership with Lithium, who are on their pragmatic journey of expanding their zero-emission transport service rapidly. We are committed to nurturing this valued partnership as we address the evolving mobility needs of our customers through various disruptive business models.”
Lithium Urban technologies has its fleet of electric vehicles with associated charging infrastructure, based on innovative technologies like telematics, fleet management systems, scheduling, rostering, and analytics-based optimization.
Commenting on the latest development, Sanjay Krishnan, founder of Lithium Technologies, said, “The induction of new extended range Tigor EVs and future EVs into our portfolio will add further differentiation to our service offerings for the passenger services. Lithium would move quickly to integrate the company’s paradigm-shifting LUTEC (LithiumUrbanTec) EV mobility utilization software with the new vehicles.”
Recently, Lithium Urban Technologies also partnered with Indian software giant Wipro to expand its fleet of EVs for transporting its employees across its offices in India. The companies plan to roll out the fleet of EVs powered by renewable energy in a phased manner over the next 12-18 months catering to Wipro’s transportations needs across the country.
Earlier this year, Tata Motors had announced that it would launch a new product called the Nexon EV in the personal EV segment by Q4 of the financial year 2019-20. The vehicle is expected to be powered by Tata’s Ziptron technology, and the car is expected to travel a distance of nearly 300 km on a single charge.
Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).