Tata Motors, Lithium Urban partner for 400 e-Tigors, e-Nexon on the shopping list too

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 18 Nov 2019


L-R: Shailesh Chandra, president – E-Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors, and Sanjay Krishnan, founder, Lithium Urban Technologies announce the partnership to develop electric mobility

Tata Motors and Lithium Urban Technologies, the world’s largest commercial EV fleet provider outside of China, have partnered to explore the potential of developing bespoke models to address tailor-made mobility solutions in India across the passenger, mass transit and freight segments.

The first move from the two companies comes in the form of a supply contract for 400 new Tigor electric sedans, with an extended range of 213km, to be supplied by end-FY2020 and deployed across India. This partnership plans to induct another 100 electric vehicles, which would include cars to be launched in the near future like the Nexon EV for corporate leadership transport services. The electric Nexon SUV is slated to debut in the personal electric vehicle segment in Q4 FY2020 powered by the company’s state-of-the-art Ziptron technology. 

Lithium Urban says this partnership with Tata Motors will be pivotal for it to significantly expand its current fleet of 1,000 EVs in the country. 

According to Shailesh Chandra, president – Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors, “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.”

Sanjay Krishnan, founder, Lithium Urban Technologies said, “We are excited to partner with Tata Motors for the supply and co-development of EVs. 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. This partnership with Tata Motors will ensure availability of new form factors and enable viability of new market segments across passenger, mass transit and freight. Lithium would move quickly to integrate the company's LUTEC (LithiumUrbanTec) EV mobility utilisation software with the new vehicles.”

The new Tigor Electric Sedan, with an extended range of 213 km, certified by ARAI is available for both fleet and personal segment customers. This vehicle qualifies for a FAME II incentive for eligible commercial customers. It offers an enhanced driving range, low cost of ownership, connectivity, comfort of a sedan and zero emissions. 

Lithium Urban Technologies owns and operates India’s largest EV charging network spread across 7 cities in India. India's first zero emission service, with its own fleets of Electric Vehicles (EVs) backed by a strong technology platform , it own the largest EV in the world, outside of China. It is the only transportation company to have received the ISO 26000 guidance on social responsibility. 

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