Tata Motors & Uber Partnership
Tata Motors, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers, has just announced a groundbreaking deal with ride-sharing giant Uber. According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two companies, Tata Motors will supply Uber with a whopping 25,000 units of its Xpres-T EV (Tigor for fleet buyers), making it the largest electric passenger vehicle fleet order placed in India to date.
These electric vehicles will be deployed across seven major Indian cities – Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad – in a phased manner, starting this month. They will be available to book under Uber’s premium category ‘Uber Electric’ service.
Xpres-T EV specifications
The Xpres-T EV boasts a 21.5 kWh battery pack and can travel up to 213 kilometers on a single charge, making it an excellent option for urban commutes. Equipped with a powerful 72 V 3-Phase AC Induction Motor and a 21.5kWh battery, the Xpres-T boasts an impressive 105Nm torque, and a range of up to 213km on a single charge, making it a practical and reliable option for everyday use.
And when it comes to charging, you won’t be left waiting for long. With the ability to use both AC and DC chargers, the Xpres-T can be fueled up in just 11.5 hours using a normal charger or a mere 110 minutes using a fast charger. With a maximum speed of 80km/h and a turning radius of 5.1m, the Xpres-T is a car that’s both fast and nimble, making it perfect for navigating busy city streets.
Not just Uber but Xpres-T is also a part of the BluSmart and Everest fleet. BluSmart is an all-electric ride-sharing service that has gained popularity in India for its zero carbon footprint. On the other hand, Everest Fleet is a shared mobility cab service that operates in several major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Chennai, providing over 6,000 vehicles to taxis in these regions.
Deal with Tata Motors
This deal represents a significant milestone for both Tata Motors and Uber, as they work towards a common goal of reducing carbon emissions and making electric vehicles a more accessible option for the masses. It’s also a testament to the growing demand for sustainable transportation in India, as more people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint without compromising on convenience.
Tata Motors’ Shailesh Chandra, who serves as the managing director for both Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, stated that “Working towards our aim of growing India’s e-mobility market, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Uber, India’s leading ridesharing app, for their expansion of sustainable mobility options. With this association, we have taken another leap towards enhancing electric mobility across the country, and will continue our work in ‘Moving India’ to a safer, smarter, and greener future.”
Uber on Zero emission
In line with its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, Uber has set a goal to ensure that 100% of its rides take place in zero-emission vehicles, public transit, or with micro-mobility by 2040.
For regular ride-sharing users in the aforementioned cities, the sight of the Xpres-T may soon become a common occurrence. With the introduction of these electric vehicles, Uber’s premium electric service is set to become a more sustainable and eco-friendly option for those looking to travel in comfort and style.
Previous MoU of Tata Motors for promoting green energy
In December, Everest Fleet Pvt Ltd inked an agreement with Tata Motors to purchase 5,000 units of Tata Xpres-T electric vehicles (EVs). As part of the deal, the first tranche of 100 Xpres-T EVs was delivered to Everest Fleet in the initial phrase.
Last October, Tata Motors’ Xpres-T sedan joined forces with Evera, a Delhi-NCR-based electric ride-hailing company, for an order of 2,000 EVs. The Xpres-T, which was introduced in July 2021, continues to gain momentum in the growing market of electric ride-sharing services in India.
Impact of Tata Motors and Uber India deal
As the world shifts towards a greener future, this partnership between Tata Motors and Uber serves as a shining example of how companies can work together to make a positive impact on the environment while still meeting the needs of their customers.