Tata plans to build EV ecosystem with 650 charging points in 20 cities

Tata Group, the multinational conglomerate holding in India, is advancing its way forward in the automobile business with its plan to build eco-friendly electric vehicles and components. According to senior executives, the company is planning to design electric cars and batteries, establish charging stations as well as build a battery recycling plant. The plan was introduced before the launch of electric SUV (sport-utility vehicle) Nexon EV by Tata Motors.
Sources with knowledge of the matter reportedly informed of undertakings by various factions of the Tata conglomerate, which include Tata Motors, Tata Chemicals, Tata Power, and Tata Croma (a consumer electronics retail chain), to construct an EV ecosystem by leveraging various resources and expertise.
India is currently in a situation where automakers are being urged to produce EVs, as it allows pollution control and cost savings due to reduced fuel import. However, the technology comes with limitations and issues, including high cost of battery to be installed in EVs. In order to build a favorable & affordable EV network, the charging infrastructure needs to be developed.
Tata Power has set up nearly 100 charging stations. Praveer Sinha, the company's CEO, has also spoken about plans for further installation of 650 charging points at more than 20 cities in India.
Mr. Sinha further stated that TCS (Tata Technology Services) has developed a mobile application linked to these charging stations with fast charging system, to check payments and chargers' availability.
Electric vehicles produced by Tata will be digitally showcased in Croma stores. Some stores and Tata dealers will handle EV sales, providing an 8-year battery warranty. In addition, several other services such as test drives and charging stations could be offer by some stores to increase sales.
As per CEO Ramakrishnan Mukundan, Tata Chemicals acquired land to build a new battery manufacturing plant, with an investment sum of $113 Mn. The plant will have capacity of 200 megawatts, which could potentially scale up to 2 gigawatts.
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