Tata Motors will show 6 electric vehicles at the 2018 Auto Expo. Among these, there will be one or two commercial vehicles and also the Tiago electric hatchback and Tigor Electric sedan. Tata has already showcased both cars – the Tiago was shown at a show in the UK and the Tigor was shown when the automaker delivered it to EESL, a company run by the Indian government. Both the Tigor and Tiago Electric may also be launched in the Indian market this year, as affordable, mass market electric cars.
The Tigor Electric compact sedan that Tata supplies to EESL features a 40 Bhp electric motor that can propel the car to a distance of about 120-150 kilometers per charge. The battery of the car can be recharged to 80 % capacity in just 90 minutes through the use of a fast charger. It remains to be seen if the Tiago Electric will feature similar specifications. Moreover, it is not known if Tata Motors will see the Tigor and Tiago Electric cars to private buyers in the same specification that it uses for government supply.
In terms of pricing, the Tigor and Tiago Electric have a chance of success in the Indian market only if priced well under Rs. 10 lakhs. Otherwise, it does not make sense to buy electric cars despite their lower running costs as petrol and diesel versions of the Tiago and Tigor start from well under Rs. 5 lakhs. The only other electric cars sold in India to private buyers are the Mahindra E2O four door hatchback and eVerito sedan. Both cars are very poor sellers mainly because of their high purchase prices.
Apart from the electric variants of the Tiago and Tigor, Tata is also expected to add high-performance engines to both cars. Both the Tiago and Tigor are expected to get the 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 108 Bhp-170 Nm from the Nexon, and a 6 speed manual gearbox as well. The powerful versions will be called Tiago Sport and Tigor Sport. They are expected to be India’s most affordable sporty hatchback and sedan. Prices are likely to start from under Rs. 6 lakhs.