The companies plan to install more 50kw and 60kW charging stations across the country.
According to the companies it is the 22nd fast charging station installed by the partnership in the country. It is in line with the carmaker’s plans to offer a 5-way charging option to customers. Other four options comprise an AC fast charger, extended charging network, a plug-and-charge cable, and charge-on-the-go with RSA (roadside assistance).
MG has stated that this infrastructure can charge electric vehicles like the MG ZS EV up to 80 percent in 50 minutes. The latest charging station is available for all vehicles that are compatible with CCS fast-charging standard.
Tata power has already deployed an extensive EV charging infrastructure in the country with around 400 chargers across 45 different cities under the EZ Charge brand. They also have a tie-up with Jaguar and Land Rover along with MG for setting up more charging stations. Tata Power is now focused high-traffic highway locations for deploying its charging stations and plans to build new fast chargers at a rapid pace.
Speaking on the deployment, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India said, “At MG, we are building a CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric) ecosystem aimed at meeting the future requirements of the country. Furthering our commitment to creating a 5-way charging infrastructure for our customers, the new stations will further augment the public and highway charging infrastructure. We are confident that the new EV charging station will go a long way in creating a sustainable, tech-driven future of the city.”
"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. We wish to build a decent ecosystem for our potential EV customers in the future thereby, promoting the adoption of such green mobility solutions," said Mr. Rajesh Naik, Chief - Tata Power New Business Services.
Utility companies are experts in handling high voltages and currents. So in a sense, fast chargers make for some kind of core competence in their business. Tata has taken the right approach - by being agnostic to geography and manufacturers. And for the EV community, the more the merrier. To start with we will see most of these chargers coming up at auto dealerships, as a simple proof of practicing what you preach. The logical users of fast chargers are fleet owners. Would they use these publicly owned chargers? Don't see any reason why they should not. It gives the fleet manager more flexibility in route planning. Maybe there can be some automation in fleet management, which will direct vehicles to the closest available chargers which have free slots. Because unlike fuel stations, fast chargers will take between 30 to 60 minutes. So scheduling has to be built in. Tata can take a lead in providing such solutions by asking TCS and Tata electric to come together to develop such solutions.