Along with the launch of 21 new commercial vehicles, Indian multinational Tata Motors also announced its plans to launch Electric Small Commercial Vehicles (SCVs) for the Indian ecosystem. The EVs are being developed in synergy with a few e-commerce organisations as Tata targets last-mile transportation. Though an exact timeline has not been revealed, Tata Motors Executive Director Girish Wagh said it was going to be ‘soon’.
EVs have a substantial advantage over conventional vehicles in reference to the cost of operating as fuel prices continue to surge by the day. Moreover, demand for EVs in the e-commerce and logistics sectors have increased multi-fold as organisations strive to achieve net-zero emissions as a part of sustainable supply chains.
Girish Wagh cited the advantage of operating cost, shrinking price gap between EVs and conventional vehicles and ballooning demand of EVs for last-mile transportation as the grounds for electrification along the supply chain.
The automotive giant also plans to take leverage of the technology already engaged in making its passenger EVs as the batteries of both commercial and passenger vehicles are almost similar and the form factor of SCVs doesn’t pose much of a challenge.
In the last mile, the competitive intensity has been increasing. Here, we also compete with three wheelers as well as four wheelers. So, our first attack is going to be with widening of the product range.”~ Girish Wagh, Tata Motors Executive Director
The news came to light shortly after Tata Power became India’s largest EV Charging Infrastructure solutions provider with a network of over 1,000 EV charging stations across the country at places like offices, malls, retail outlets and places of public access. It has also installed more than 10,000 ‘at home’ EV charging points for ease of access to vehicle owners. The company plans to install 10,000 charging stations on highways and e-highways along the length and breadth of the nation.
In July 2021, Tata Power and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), joined hands to provide end-to-end EV charging stations at HPCL’s petrol pumps in multiple cities and major highways across the country. Similarly, the Company has a tie-up with Lodha Group, one of the largest real estate developers, to provide end-to-end EV charging solutions in all its residential and commercial projects across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune.
With its experience of decades of technology advancements, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and green initiatives, Tata may be looking at multi-fold growth and endures to inculcate to a sustainable nation.