Tata Motors has begun delivering the Tigor Electric Vehicle to private car buyers in India. Here’s the first such delivery in Mumbai. The top-end XT+ trim of the Tigor Electric, which is the one in the pictures below, costs Rs. 10.75 lakhs, ex-showroom. Lower variants are slightly cheaper: the XE+ and XM+ trims cost Rs. 10.44 lakhs and Rs. 10.61 lakhs respectively. The Tata Tigor Electric now gets a boosted battery range of 213 Kms, which makes it an ideal city sedan. Most people have a daily running of under 150 kilometers within city limit, and this makes the Tigor EV not just economical to run but also practical enough for everyday use. The top speed has been limited to 80 Kmph in the interest of stretching each charge to the farthest possible distance. This should not bother most users as 80 Kmph is more than adequate for city driving.
Coming to the other key specifications of the Tata Tigor Electric, the compact sedan retains the dimensions of its internal combustion engined siblings. Length, width, height and wheelbase measure at 3,992 mm, 1,677 mm, 1,537 mm and 2,450 mm respectively. The car weighs 1,126 kilograms, which means that it’s as heavy as the diesel powered version.
The 21.5 Kwh battery that it’s powered by is the major reason for the Tigor Electric weighing more than the petrol version. This battery powers an electric motor that outputs 40 Bhp of peak power 105 Nm of peak torque. Almost all of that torque is available right from standstill, making the Tigor quite a peppy car when it comes to initial acceleration. The gearbox is a single speed automatic unit, which means that driving the Tigor Electric will be more or less seamless.
The electric battery of the car comes with a 3 year/1.25 lakh Kms warranty, and gets two charging options: a regular charger and a fast charger. The fast charger can charge the battery to 80 % of its capacity in just 2 hours. Using the regular charger takes about 12 hours for the battery to be charged from empty to full. Other bits on the Tigor Electric are quite conventional.
The car gets twin airbags and ABS as standard safety features. Suspension and brakes are similar to those on the internal combustion engined variants. The interiors of the Tigor EV are also similar to the those of the internal combustion engined models, and the car gets a regular stereo and fabric seats. An automatic climate control system is standard. All said, the Tata Tigor Electric is a good bet for those seeking an affordable, convenient and compact electric car for city use.