The Tata Motors will launch an electric vehicle (EV) early next year based on a new powertrain technology to develop its portfolio of clean energy cars, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.
The government’s incentive scheme to support electric transport and the recent tax cuts on electric cars have made EVs more affordable, Tata Motors CEO, Tata Motors told reporters in Mumbai.
“It’s a completely different conversation (on EVs) now. It’s changed. Because in the past, it was all about settling the case. Now it gives EVs a chance to become mainstream,” Butschek said said.
India is encouraging vehicle manufacturers to manufacture EVs in an effort to curb high pollution in many cities and reduce its fuel import bill. But it has faced some resistance from car manufacturers, who say their charging infrastructure needs to be installed first and the cost of the battery is too high to make EVs affordable for the Indian market.
Tata Motors stated that EVs manufactured using new powertrain technology will have a range of 250 km on a single charge and the company will give an eight-year warranty on the battery.
“We’re working on a number of products to make electric vehicles mainstream,” said Butschek, adding the company will provide details about the kind of vehicle that will launch soon.