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Tata Motors to expand its charging infrastructure across India as Tesla taps into the market

Tata Motors is reportedly expanding its charging network across retail outlets in major cities to ready up the electric vehicle (EV) market for its latest addition, the battery-powered SUV, Jaguar I-PACE. The EV was assembled in Tata Motors’ Indian subsidiary, Jaguar Land Rover India. This project comes when American EV giant, Tesla, is establishing its grounds in the Indian Market. According to media reports, Elon Musk has been negotiating Tesla’s entry with Local administration and even registered a company in 2021. The new company will import and sell the Tesla Model 3 from a plant in Karnataka.

Tata Motors will set up about twenty-two retail outlets across nineteen cities in metro areas and urban hubs such as malls, restaurants, office spaces, residential places, and highways. “Electric vehicles will not just be a new mobility solution, but owning one will also be a new ownership experience. We recognize this and have worked relentlessly with our retailers to ensure that owning an EV is truly a hassle-free experience for our customers,” said Rohit Suri, Jaguar Land Rover India President.

I-PACE customers will get a charging cable and a 7.4 kW AC charger mountable on the walls of their homes. Therefore, the users will be spoilt for choice with the additional over 200 charging stations across the workplaces and department stores. There are about thirty-five charging points across the country, and Tata Motors is adding more.

It is going to be a battle of the best for Tata and Elon Musk’s Tesla. After months of negotiations and consultation, Karnataka has given Tesla the go-ahead to establish an EV hub in Bangalore’s suburbs. Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yediyurappa announced a while ago.

The American company is receiving all the support from India, with the government giving incentives to ensure Tesla’s production cost is less than in China. However, Tesla has to honor its end of the bargain by committing to produce its battery-powered vehicles in India, stated Nitin Gadkari, Transport Minister, in a statement to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Tata continues to partner with other motor sector stakeholders to extend the charging infrastructure in the Asian country. Towards the end of February, the company collaborated with MG Motors to install a 50 kW fast charger EV charging point in Chennai. “We are thrilled to continue our strengthened association with MG Motor India by deploying the Chennai charging station. We will continue to provide a seamless charging experience to our customers,” said Tata’s Rajesh Naik.

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