FILE PHOTO: A worker cleans a Tata Nexon car outside the company showroom in Mumbai, India on February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
MUMBAI (Reuters) – india’s Tata steel Group, a steel-to-autos group of companies is the largest pressure in the direction of clean vehicles, with plans to have electric cars and the batteries and set up charging stations, and the construction of a battery recycling plant, senior executives said on Tuesday.
More than half-a-dozen companies, including Tata Motors ‘ (TAMO.NS), Tata Chemicals (TTCH.NS), Tata Power (TTPW.NS), and Tata Croma, a chain of stores selling consumer electronics products are a combination of strengths and expertise in the development of an electric vehicle (EV) is that of the eco-system of the leaders, told reporters in Mumbai.
The plans were announced ahead of the launch of Tata Motors’ electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) Nexon (EV), which was attended by N Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons ltd, the manufacturer of the group and of the patriarch of the family, Ratan Tata.
“This is the start of an eco-system that is the real requirement, not just a vehicle of introduction,” Guenter Butschek, the managing director of Tata Motors, which also owns the British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, said.
In India, in a bid to curb the high pollution in cities and to bring down the fuel import bill, is to encourage car makers to build EVs.
But in the face of resistance from some manufacturers, who say that the 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 Power, which already has 100 charging stations will add another 650 to more than 20 major Indian cities over the next year, the company’s CEO Praveer Sinha said.
All of the channels, support high-speed charging, and it will be linked to a mobile app, which has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (TCS.NS-Dutch railways), for the payment and to check on the availability of chargers, Sinha said.
Author) Aditi Shah; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Barbara Lewis