Government of Maharashtra to sign MoU with Tata Power for electric vehicle charging stations in Mumbai
OVERDRIVE has learnt from sources that the Maharashtra government will sign a Mou with Tata Power for charging stations at 5 to 6 location in Mumbai, at an event in Mumbai today. This is in accordance with the recommendations of the NITI Aayog report on the Centre's 2030 vision for a greener future. The government is also expected to sign a MoU with Mahindra Electric to promote e-vehicles and related infrastructure in the city. Mahindra Electric is the electric vehicle manufacturing arm of the Mahindra Group.
Tata Power has already set up charging stations outside of this MoU in locations such as Vikhroli, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel, and Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla and two more coming up at BKC and western express highway at Borivali. This and the company's already present electric distribution network in Mumbai makes it a good partner for the government to develop a sustainable environment for EVs in the city.
These developments will be a first step to alleviate one of the biggest hindrances to the government's strong EV push in recent years. One of the biggest limitations for the growth of EVs is the underdeveloped infrastructure for their support. Although issues with range are being positively addressed by EV manufacturers worldwide, it still remains a concern in the budget conscious electric vehicles presently available in India.