Tata Motors is planning to launch affordable electric vehicles in the Indian market over the next few years. The new vehicles will come with a generous range so that the EV could be used on daily basis. The report says that Tata Motors plans to price the electric cars “not more than 15 to 20 percent premium”. The vehicles will be offering a decent range of at least 200 km. The homegrown manufacturer has already proved that electric vehicles can be sold in good numbers. The Nexon EV from the homegrown manufacturer was the best selling electric car of 2020. They sold 2,529 units of the Nexon EV in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Tata Motors offers the Nexon EV in three variants namely XM, XZ Plus and the XZ Plus LUX. The base variant starts from Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the top-end variant will cost you Rs. 16.25 lakhs ex-showroom. This makes the Nexon EV the cheapest electric vehicle that you can currently buy in the Indian market. Despite its price, it offers a good range of 300 km. The DC fast charger can top-up the battery from zero to eighty percent in just one hour whereas the standard power outlet will take eight hours from twenty percent to a hundred percent. The 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack generates 127 bhp of max power and 245 Nm of peak torque that is available instantly because of the electric powertrain. The Nexon EV can hit a ton in just 9.9 seconds. Tata has also equipped the Nexon EV with a lot of equipment. It comes with automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, semi-digital instrument cluster with a 7-inch TFT multi-information display, electric sunroof, wearable key, multi-function steering wheel, push-button to start/stop, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Tata has also made a dedicated application known as ZConnect which offers 35 connected features such as vehicle tracking, charging station locator, remote diagnostics, driving analytics etc.
Tata already has few electric cars that they showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. There was the Altroz Turbo which is also expected to hit the market sometime this year. There is no information about which powertrain will the premium hatchback use. However, what we do know that the design will stay largely the same except for a more aggressive front bumper with blue accents just like we have seen on the Nexon EV. It will be underpinned by the ALFA(Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced) platform. Once launched it will be a first premium hatchback electric vehicle in India as no other manufacturer has any plans to introduce its premium hatchback as an electric vehicle.
Then there is the Tiago EV which is also expected to get launched. It will be the cheapest electric vehicle that you would be able to buy in the Indian market. It should offer a range of around 200 km on a single charge. The design of the hatchback will stay the same as the current Tiago. The instrument cluster will be tweaked to show the battery level and the range left of the battery. It will be competing against the Mahindra eKUV100 which also might get launched sometime next year.