Local car major Tata Motors unveiled the electric version of its popular Ace mini-truck on Thursday as it continues the drive to electrify its portfolio.
The company has also signed pacts with major e-commerce players such as Amazon, BigBasket, City Link, DOT, Flipkart, LetsTransport, MoEVing and Yelo EV, to supply the Ace EV and it has already received orders for 39 000 units.
The company will also seek to build platforms in the e-freight segment to create solutions that meet market demands.
Speaking at the unveiling of the Ace EV here, Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran said sustainable mobility is imperative as well as an irreversible trend and is a global mega-trend .
“Across the Tata Group, Tata Motors in particular, we have fully embraced it and created a business model that incorporates sustainability as one of the key pillars. Whether in passenger cars, our commercial vehicles or in general Jaguar Land Rover, we are committed to making this transition and are accelerating it every day,” he said.
Stating that Tata Motors has already made significant progress in its electrification journey, Chandrasekaran said, “We have already launched several models in the car segment and are leading this movement in passenger cars.
“In commercial vehicles, we have successfully launched electric buses and we are seeing huge acceptance and uptake in this segment. Today marks the day we transition to e-freight mobility…”
Highlighting that the Ace mini-truck has been a trailblazer, a category creator and “a beacon of hope for many entrepreneurs and millions across India,” Chandrasekaran said, “In introducing the Ace EV, we let’s renew our commitment to bring the benefits of electrification to all of these entrepreneurs across the country.”
He added, “And we want to continue to engage and develop e-freight solutions, not just on the Ace platform, but in other categories as needed to serve the market across the country. “
Tata Motors said the Ace EV is the first product to feature its “EVOGEN” powertrain which offers a certified range of 154 kilometers on a single charge.
The Ace EV is powered by a 27 kW (36 hp) motor with 130 Nm of peak torque.
Commenting on the importance of the Ace EV, Tata Motors Chief Executive Girish Wagh said that increasing urbanization, digitalization and growth in infrastructure are rapidly transforming the logistics sector in India.
“E-commerce is booming and the demand for last-mile distribution of goods is increasing dramatically. This represents the next big opportunity for customized EV solutions,” he added.
Exactly 17 years ago, he said the Ace mini-truck was launched, revolutionizing last mile transport in India and it was already “a vehicle of choice for e-commerce application of the last mile with a penetration of more than 70%”.
“Since its launch in 2005, Ace has been a consistent winner with strong approval from over 2 million proud owners. I think it couldn’t be more apt than the Ace EV to spark the next zero emissions transition in the cargo segment in India,” says Wagh.
He said Tata Motors has partnered with major e-commerce players and logistics service providers to understand their needs when developing the Ace EV.
Pricing for the Ace EV will be announced when deliveries begin from next quarter, Wagh added.
Last week, Tata Motors unveiled its all-new electric vehicle architecture for passenger vehicles on which it plans to introduce several advanced electric vehicles from 2025.
The automotive major, which currently leads the domestic electric passenger vehicle segment, aims to drive in multiple body styles on the AVINYA concept, which is based on its GEN 3 architecture.