Tata Motors is working on electric variants for a range of cars, both current and future. The automaker showcased the Tiago Electric and Tigor Electric cars at the Auto Expo 2018, and will launch these cars by the end of this year. The Tigor Electric is already offered to EESL, a government of India organization. Both cars are yet to be available for general buying public though. Apart from the Tiago and Tigor, the Nexon could also gain an electric version in the coming years. Tata Motors will also offer electric variants of all upcoming cars.
Mayank Pareek, the president of Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles business unit said,
It (electric car) is a very good solution for a country like us. We are energy starved and our cities are polluted. We are committed that most of the products we have should have an electric solution going forward. It will happen.
In fact, the H5X and 45X have been designed in such a way that their platform can accommodate electric variants as and when needed. Future cars from Tata will be based on the Advanced Modular Platform (AMP), which is already ready for electric-variants. Similarly, the Land Rover LS550 platform, which is used by the H5X SUV, is also ready for use by electric variants. This strategy will allow the automaker to make sure that its entire range of cars have electric variants. These variants will take at least half a decade to become mainstream though.
Tata Motors is now developing high-range lithium ion batteries that will give its electric cars Tesla-rivaling battery ranges. This will be the next big leap in electric car technology for Tata Motors, and for the Indian market. Current electric cars hardly have a battery range of 150 kilometers, limiting them to city roads. A battery range of 350 kilometers of more, coupled to quick charging outlets, will make electric cars highway worthy. This is what multiple automakers in India are working on. Tata’s arch-rival Mahindra, is also targeting 350 kilometer+ battery range for its new crop of eletric cars.