A new report suggests that the electric variant of the Tata Tiago hatchback will be officially revealed in India on the 28th of September, 2022, bang in the middle of the Indian festive season – a time when car buying is at its peak. The electric car could go on sale soon after. The Tata Tiago Electric is tipped to be the most affordable electric vehicle in India, with a starting price of around Rs. 11-12 lakh. Currently, India’s most affordable electric car is the Tata Tigor EV, which starts from Rs. 12.49 lakh.
The Tata Tiago – the Tigor’s sibling quite literally – is likely to borrow the electric powertrain from the compact sedan. Tata Motors first showcased the Tiago EV at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, but launched the Tigor EV first. The Tiago EV will be slightly lighter than the Tigor EV and could consequently deliver a slightly higher battery range. The Tata Tigor EV is powered by a 26 kWh battery, and comes with an ARAI certified battery range of 306 kms. In the real world, this translates to about 200 kms of range per charge.
The motor on the Tata Tigor EV makes 75 PS-170 Nm, and in economy mode, torque output is reduced to 128 Nm to maximize range. The Tigor EV has a top speed limited to 120 Kph, again in the interest of maximizing battery range. Expect similar figures from the Tata Tiago EV. These numbers are sufficient for city commuting, and the Tiago EV is likely to be marketed as a city hatchback with very affordable running costs and a hassle free driving experience thanks to its automatic transmission.
Apart from the Tiago EV, Tata Motors has two other electric cars lined up next year – Harrier EV and Punch EV. While the Harrier EV will be the automaker’s most expensive electric vehicle with a price tag between Rs. 20-25 lakh, the Punch EV is expected to slot in between the Tiago and Tigor EVs as India’s most affordable electric SUVs. The petrol powered version of the Tata Punch, which got a 5 star Global NCAP rating, was a super hit from the word go, and Tata Motors will be keen to replicate the Punch’s success in the EV world as well.
In a recent media interaction, Shailesh Chandra, the managing director of Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicles Division, has stated that he expects electric vehicles to comprise 50 % of Tata’s total car sales by 2030. Currently, electric vehicles make for 8 % of Tata Motors’ total car sales, and the automaker has two electric vehicles on sale – the Nexon electric SUV and the Tigor electric compact sedan. In the next five years, Tata Motors plans to launch 10 new electric cars in the Indian market. As of now, Tata Motors is India’s leading electric vehicle maker, and has been outselling competition. The Nexon electric SUV is India’s best selling electric car.