Tata Motors announces the largest electric vehicle fleet order to date in India. Fleet operator BluSmart Electric Mobility is ordering 10,000 units of Tata’s XPRES T EV cars. The new order complements an order placed by BluSmart for 3,500 XPRES T EV in October 2021.
The electric car is the first model of the XPRES brand launched by Tata Motors in July 2021 for fleet customers. The compact electric sedan comes with two battery variants (16.5 kWh and 21.5 kWh) for 213km and 165km in range (ARAI). The top speed is 80 kph.
Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director at Tata Motors Electric Mobility, called these “the “optimal battery size” for fleets. He also mentioned a fast-charging solution without giving details.
Anmol Singh Jaggi, CoFounder BluSmart Electric Mobility, said the company was building “a large-scale integrated EV mobility ecosystem in India – from country’s largest fully-electric ride-hailing service to the largest network of EV charging super hubs.”
He left open where they would deploy the new Tata electric cars, but the company operates in and around Delhi at present. Their drivers have completed 1.6 million all-electric trips, according to company data.
BluSmart uses electric vehicles only and recently closed a Series A funding round of over 25 million dollars led by BP Ventures. The company says it is BP’s first-ever direct investment in India.
When they expect deliveries of the new Tata cars is also open at this stage.
At the time of announcing the business figures this April, Tata set a target to quadruple EV production in this financial year.
Tata claims to command 87% EV market share FY’22 and says it has over 25,000 Tata EVs on the road to date. However, as Reuters pointed out, the segment is still very small. Last year, only a fraction of the more than three million new registrations were electric. A recent analysis for us from Agora painted a similar picture.
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