February 20, 2023: Tata Motors and Uber have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring 25,000 XPRES-T electric vehicles (EVs) to Uber's premium category service in India. The initiative is in line with Tata Motors' goal to create a clean and green environment in India. The partnership will help to accelerate the adoption of green and clean personal ride-sharing, contributing to a sustainable future.
The deliveries of the cars to Uber fleet partners will be made in a phased manner, starting this month. The XPRES-T EV is an attractive option for both customers and operators. It provides customers with a relaxed ride due to its enhanced safety features, silent and premium cabin experience, fast charging solution, driving comfort, and cost-effectiveness. The EV is a great business proposition for fleet partners. Tata Motors has been leading the e-mobility wave in India with over 50,000 Tata EVs rolled out from the plant to date in the personal and fleet segment. Uber has committed to 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micro-mobility by 2040.
Tata Motors launched the 'XPRES' brand exclusively for fleet customers in July 2021, and the XPRES-T EV is the first vehicle under this brand. The electric sedan comes with 2 range options and a high energy density battery that can be charged using fast charging or can also be normally charged from any 15 A plug point. The EV has zero tail-pipe emission, single-speed automatic transmission, dual airbags, and ABS with EBD as standard across variants. The premium interiors with standard automatic climate control and Electric Blue accents across its interior and exterior will give it a differentiated presence from other Tata cars.
Speaking at the MoU signing, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility said, “In line with our commitment to grow sustainable mobility in the country, we are delighted to partner with Uber, India’s leading ridesharing platform. Offering customers our environmentally friendly EV ride experiences via Uber’s Premium Category service, will accelerate the adoption of green and clean personal ride sharing. The XPRES-T EV is a very attractive option both for customers and operators. While enhanced safety, silent and premium in cabin experience provides the customers with a relaxed ride, the fast charging solution, driving comfort and the cost effectiveness of the EV makes it an attractive business proposition for our fleet partners. This partnership will further cement our market position in the fleet segment."
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India and South Asia said, “Uber is committed to bringing sustainable, shared mobility to India, and this partnership with Tata Motors is a major milestone on that journey. It represents the largest EV partnership yet between an automaker and a ridesharing platform in India. It will supercharge the transition to zero emissions on the Uber platform as we work towards building a sustainable future. We are committed to doing our part to bring down the barriers to going electric by working with industry partners that are leading the change”