Tata Motors delivers first batch of Tigor EVs to EESL

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 14 Dec 2017

Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors, handing over the keys of the Tigor EV to Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL.

A week after the first batch of electric Tata Tigor sedans rolled out of the Sanand plant in Gujarat, Tata Motors today delivered the first set of EVs to the state-run Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) as part of the government's initiative to procure 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs). 

Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors, handed over the keys of the Tigor EVs to Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL. They were accompanied by the senior management teams from both the companies. The delivery of the EVs is symbolic considering today is National Energy Conservation Day. 


Saurabh Kumar, MD, EESL, gets a feel of the all-electric Tigor sedan. 

According to Guenter Butschek, “This initiative of the government of India to procure 10,000 EVs is a bold step in terms of promoting green and sustainable transport solutions. We at Tata Motors are extremely proud to be part of this project and are supportive of the government’s transformational vision of auto electrification in India. With the Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and will offer a full range of electric vehicles to Indian customers. This tender has effectively paved the way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the vision of the government.”

The electric drive system for the Tigor EV has been developed and supplied by Electra EV, which manufactures and supplies electric drive systems for the automotive sector.

Specific to the EESL order, the Tigor EV, which is equipped with a single-speed, automatic transmission, will be delivered in three trim variants – Base, Premium and High – and will be available in ‘Pearlescent White’ colour with blue decals. Over the basic requirements of the tender, the Tigor EV, across the variants, would have FATC (Fully Automatic AC).

Tata Motors had qualified as the L1 bidder and won the tender floated by EESL in September 2017. For phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs, for which it has received a LoA.

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