Tata Motors partners IIT Bombay Racing Team to develop electric race car

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 16 Sep 2019

Tata Motors today announced that it has collaborated with IIT Bombay Racing Team and will sponsor a team of 70 engineers to support them for developing an electric race car 'EVoK'.

IIT Bombay Racing is India's premiere Formula Student Electric team, which aims to 'revolutionise electric mobility' in India focusing on sustainable technologies and innovations. This electrified team competed at the prestigious international competition, Formula Student UK 2019, which is held annually after the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK in July. The team achieved an all-time best overall rank of 30 out of the 118 participating teams and secured third position amongst the teams competing in the electric car space.

Tata Motors’ Electric Vehicle Business Unit (EVBU) has been supporting the IIT Bombay Racing Team for the past four years as a key sponsor, but this year they took it has gone a step further by mentoring and providing expert insights and granting unprecedented access to industry-grade testing facilities including the high-speed ERC test track in Pune. The IIT Bombay students were also awarded with two-month internship opportunities at Tata Motors as a part of their association to further hone their skills.

According to Shailesh Chandra, president – Electric Mobility Business and Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors said, “Staying true to the company’s testament of making an impact in advancing the skills of the country’s youth, this partnership presented us with an opportunity to not only mentor promising young engineers but also enable them to represent the country and compete at an international platform. We are proud of the efforts made by the students of the IIT Bombay Racing team by developing their most advanced electric racing vehicle yet and accomplishing one of their best ranks in the competition till date.”

Tata Motors says it has rolled out a 4-part campaign that focuses on the team’s journey from the inception to the development of EVoK electric race car, and the team’s success at the Formula Student UK 2019. The campaign attempts to generate awareness about e-mobility, make electric vehicles mainstream and dispel myths associated with EV technology.

Image courtesy: Tata Motors

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