The automobile industry is one of the key sectors driving India’s economic growth. More than 25 Mn vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two-wheelers were produced in FY17, reporting a jump of 5.41% from the previous fiscal. However, the industry is also one of the biggest contributors to pollution in a country, whose capital city has been shrouded in smog for over a month now.
Although the government might be late in recognising the threat that pollution carries, it has been aggressively trying to reverse the situation in recent years. Its continued efforts to promote electric vehicles, for instance, have fructified, with major companies and startups joining hands to support the government’s electric mobility mission.
Coming to developments that took place over the past week, Tata Motors has rolled out its first batch of Tigor EV, as part of the tender for 10,000 electric vehicles floated by the government in September. Maharashtra government is currently in the process of finalising a policy on electric vehicles, while Karnataka has appointed a committee to prepare an EV roadmap. Globally, BMW expects a jump in sales of electric vehicles in 2018. Chinese government announces plans to offer tax rebates of purchase of EVs.
Given that so much has been happening in the country’s electric vehicle sector, we bring to you the third edition of the weekly EV roundups. Let’s take a look at the recent developments from the world of electric vehicles.
Tata Motors Rolls Out Tigor EV As Part Of The First Phase Of Government Tender
Tata Motors has reportedly supplied the first batch of its Tigor EV to ESSL, as part of the tender for 10,000 electric vehicles floated by the government in September. According to sources, the first batch of the EV version of Tata’s compact sedan was recently rolled out from the Tata Sanand facility in Gujarat, in the presence of Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, Group Chairman N.Chandrasekaran and Tata Motors MD and CEO Guenter Butschek.
Commenting on the development, Chandrasekaran said, “As we work together to build the future of e- mobility, I am confident that our customers will respond very favourably to this electric model.”