India's Tata Motors launches electric Avinia model with 500 km range (photos)

Plans to support local manufacturing of electric vehicles in India are progressing, and Tata Motors plans to bring long-range models to the road by 2025.

Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors presents itself as a major player in the Indian auto market along with international companies investing in this field in New Delhi.

The company – which is headquartered in Mumbai – had announced earlier that it would raise its annual production rate of electric cars from 19,000 units last fiscal year, to 80,000 units this year.

Tata Motors models

The ambition of Tata Motors included the expansion of sales of its long-range models in India and abroad, and the group of electric cars that the company intends to introduce within the next 4 years will have a range of at least 500 km backed by modern technologies.

These long-range cars will spread on Indian roads by 2025, to enter this step in competition with the expected model produced by the American car manufacturer Tesla, with a range of more than 500 km (EV3).

This competition is igniting the global race to manufacture electric cars that are compatible with emissions reduction goals.

Tata Motors is also preparing for a paradigm shift by planning to produce its electric car cells locally, and to explore the possibility of manufacturing electronic chips as well, according to company president Natarajan Chandrasekaran.

He added that converting the company’s fleet to electrical manufacturing puts it on the track of racing and competition among international companies, noting that his company is expanding in major investments to support its global position.

The long-range electric car model Tata Avenia
The long-range electric car model, Tata Avenia, produced by Tata Motors – Photo by Motor 1

Tata Avenia and export plans

India aims to capture a 30% share of total sales by 2030, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans.

The president of Tata Motors, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, expected his company’s production alone to exceed the prime minister’s target on schedule, without disclosing specific percentages, he told Reuters during the launch of the long-range Tata Affinia on Friday, April 29.

Tata Motors CEO Shailesh Chandra agreed, noting that export plans would focus on markets close to India’s climatic conditions, especially those markets that support the growth of electric transport expansion.

Chandra added that the company’s long-range electric car models will be based on innovative battery and cell technology, which will give the model advantages over the company’s previous production.

Last year, Tata Motors had allocated investments amounting to two billion dollars to support the launch of 10 models of electric cars by March 2026 (the end of the fiscal year 2025-26).

The company’s sales account for 90% of the electric vehicle market in India, which is equivalent to only 1% of the country’s 3 million vehicle sales annually.

The long-range electric car model of the Tata Avenia is produced by Tata Motors
The long-range electric car model, Tata Avenia, produced by Tata Motors – Image via Inside Eyes

electric car charging

In conjunction with Tata Motors’ expansion into local manufacturing, the Indian government is supporting the growth of electric vehicle deployment on the South Asian country’s roads, with nearly 48,000 new charging stations added to the 2,000 currently in operation.

The number of charging stations, which will reach 50,000 by 2026, is spread across all Indian states.

This comes in addition to continuing to rely on battery exchange technologies to enhance the electric vehicle deployment scheme, rather than slowing it down and suspending it until the charging infrastructure is rehabilitated within the proposed plan within 4 years.

The Indian oil companies also announced – last February – their contribution to the establishment of 22,000 new charging stations.

Other than shipping, and in terms of sales, Tata Motors models ranked first and third in the list of the top 5 selling electric cars in India during the past 2021.

The Tata Nixon model topped the list of sales, followed by the British MG Z-S model, and then the Tata Tigor model of Tata Motors.

The Hyundai Kona was ranked fourth in the list of electric cars sales last year, and the Mahindar Verito model was at the bottom of the list.

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