FILE PHOTO: Guenter Butschek, Tata Motors, chief executive officer and Managing Director, attends a press conference for the announcement of the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai, India, on November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian car maker Tata Motors will launch an electric vehicle (EV), early next year, on the basis of a new drive-train technology that has been developed in order to grow its portfolio of clean-energy automobiles, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.
The government’s incentive scheme to support electric transport, and a recent cut in the tax on electric cars, which are more affordable to build, Service, Guenter Butschek, the chief executive of Tata Motors, told reporters in Mumbai.
“It’s a completely different discussion (about the Quality) for now. It has been changed. As in the past, it was all about the evidence in the case. Now… it gives you an opportunity to Quality a mainstream,” said Butschek.
India has been encouraging automakers to build EVs in an effort to curb the high pollution in cities and also reduce the fuel import bill.
However, it is faced with some resistance from manufacturers, who say that charging infrastructure needs to be set up first, and that is the battery, the cost is too high to make construction of affordable EVs for the Indian market.
Tata Motors said the Service is built with the help of new drivetrain technologies that will have a range of 250 miles on a single charge and the company offers a warranty of eight years on the batteries.
“We are working on several products to make electric vehicles mainstream,” said Butschek, adding the company will shortly provide the information about the type of vehicle that will be launched.
Author) Aditi Shah; Editing by Mark Potter