The electric car segment has been kick started rather slowly, but it has started increasing its pace in the Indian market. The government has also started to take special interest and now, the Maharashtra government has also taken a step forward to boost the use Electric Vehicle. Together Mahindra and Mahindra and Tata Motors will be supplying 1000 units of their electric vehicles to the state government.
A MoU ( Memorandum of Understanding ) has been signed by the Government of Maharashtra and Mahindra Electric and Tata Motors to deploy Electric Vehicles. According to the MoU, Mahindra Electric will deploy it's electric cars for various fleet partners, logistics companies and taxi aggregators.
In addition to this, Mahindra and Mahindra has also signed another MoU with the Government of Maharashtra where, the cat manufacturer will invest additional Rs 500 crore in its plant in Chakan, Maharashtra for the manufacturing of electric vehicles, battery pack, electric motors, controllers and electric vehicle components.
On the other hand, Tata motors will be setting up charging stations for Electric Vehicles in Maharashtra. This will be executed with the partnership of the company’s group, Tata Power Ltd which is India’s largest integrated power company. Last year, Tata had set up Mumbai's first electric vehicle charging station in Vikhroli, which was then further expanded to two other locations by January 2018. As of now there are nine new charging stations that have been set up making it a total of 12 electric vehicle charging stations.
Under the pact, Mahindra has now made its first deployment by supplying 25 Mahindra E2o plus electric cars to Zoomcar in Mumbai. While Tata motors deployed five Tata Tigor Electric cars for the EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Ltd). Under Phase I of the tender, EESL has procured 250 Electric Tata Togors and 150 Mahindra E-veritos. According to the tender which was floated last year for 10,000 electric cars, the remaining will be rolled out by the month March in the year 2019.