Tata Motors has announced its largest-ever order for an electric vehicle fleet in India, with fleet operator BluSmart Electric Mobility ordering 10,000 units of Tata's XPRES T EV electric vehicle. The new order complements an order placed by BluSmart for 3,500 XPRES T EVs in October 2021.
Delivery of the vehicles is expected to begin shortly, the company wrote in a press release, and they will be deployed across the country. "Tata Motors is taking active steps towards rapid electrification of mobility and it is encouraging to see renowned fleet aggregators jumping on the green mobility wave with us," said Shailesh Chandra, managing director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility.
The electric car is the first model of the XPRES brand launched by Tata Motors in July 2021 for fleet customers. The compact e-sedan will be offered with two battery variants (16.5 kWh and 21.5 kWh) that can be charged from zero to 80 per cent in 90 and 110 minutes respectively. The ranges are reportedly between 165 and 213 kilometres. The vehicle comes with a single-speed automatic transmission, dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard on all variants.
Tata Motors says it is the country's largest eMobility player with a market share of 87 percent in fiscal 2022 and more than 25,000 Tata EVs on the road. According to a media report, India's largest automaker reportedly plans to more than quadruple its production of electric vehicles this fiscal year. The company also unveiled the Avinya Concept, a concept car built on its Pure EV electric car platform.