Tata Motors will supply 10,000 battery-electric vehicles to a government-run energy-services join venture in India as the country continues efforts to reduce emissions and curb fuel imports.
Tata Motors, which produces Jaguar and Land Rover models, was successful in a tender from Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) and will supply the company with 500 vehicles in November, according to the Press Information Bureau for the Government of India. The remaining 9,500 vehicles will be rolled out in a second phase.
EESL offers consulting and financing for energy-reduction projects, and is a joint venture between India’s Ministry of Power and state-backed companies in the power industry such as NTPC Ltd., Rural Electrification Corp., Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd. and Power Finance Corp., as well as the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, according to Bloomberg. The joint venture will also seek bids for a fleet manager.
“EESL is driven by the objective of facilitating faster adoption of disruptive technology solutions while balancing economic development and environmental sustainability. With this specific initiative EESL seeks to create the market for electric vehicles, a technology which is poised to boost e-mobility in the country; through its unique business model of aggregation of demand and bulk procurement,” according to a release from the Press Information Bureau.
The EVs will gradually replace petrol and diesel vehicles used by the federal government and its agencies over the course of the next few years.