Likely to be based on the existing platform, the Tata Tiago Electric could source its battery and other components from Bolt BEV prototype.
Tata Motors, the homegrown automaker is working on a range of electric cars for global as well as Indian markets. The company has now unveiled the Tata Tiago electric concept at the LCV2017 (Low Carbon Emission Vehicles show) in Millbrook, UK. This vehicle has been developed by the company’s UK-based arm – Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC). It was speculated that the Nano electric will be the first electric car from Tata, that didn’t happen. Instead, the company has opted for its top-selling car – Tiago to get an electric powertrain.
It has been a while since Tata Motors is working on battery electric vehicles with UK-based Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC). Featuring a liquid-cooled 85kW electric drive motor that produces 200Nm of torque, the Tata Tiago EV is claimed to have a top speed of 135kmph. It does 0-100kmph in less than 11 seconds. This electric car has a kerb weight of 1040kgs, which makes it 20kgs lighter than the heaviest Tiago on sale in India. Read More – Upcoming Tata Cars In India
Interestingly, the Tata Tiago EV showcased at the LCV is a running concept. In fact, Tata is also offering visitors a chance to drive the car that indicates that the vehicle is ready for the launch. This model is likely to share several of its components from the Bolt BEV prototype, which was unveiled last year. It will be the first Tata electric car to go on sale.
The Tiago is based on the relatively low-cost platform (modified X0 platform) that also underpins the Tigor Styleback. This affordable platform is likely to help the company to offset some of the costs of the battery and related components. The Government of India’s latest push towards electric vehicles is also likely to give a confidence to Tata Motors to introduce Electric cars sooner than their proposed introduction in 2020.
Unveiled at the 2017 LCV (Low Carbon Emission Vehicle) event, the Tata Tiago EV is expected to be launched in international markets in 2018. Tata Motors is expected to take another year before bringing this electric vehicle for Indian market. A possible debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018 can’t be ignored.
It is expected that the new Tiago electric will be priced quite competitively in the market. We believe that the electric EV could be priced around Rs 8 lakh – Rs 10 lakh.
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The Tiago Electric is a battery-electric variant that uses a liquid-cooled 85kW drive motor. This motor is claimed to offer 200Nm of torque. The front-wheel-drive EV features a six-speed gearbox. The design of the refrigerant-cooled lithium ion battery is newly designed for minimal disruption to the donor vehicle package.
The Tata Tiago EV is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in less than 11 seconds in sport mode. This model is claimed to have a range of over 100kms on a single charge. Adding to it, the vehicle comes with a top speed of 135kmph. The vehicle has a kerb weight of 1040kgs, which is 20kgs lighter than the model available in India. The company claims that the electric motor for the Tiago EV has been tested for half a million kilometers of real-world driving.
As a reminder, Tata Motors has already started testing the Nano electric on Indian roads. The homegrown automaker could use its smallest car for fleet market and could be introduced in partnership with OLA. Recent media reports reveal that the Nano electric will be based on the Moflex platform.
It was speculated that the new Tata Tiago electric could be sold under TAMO brand, but the recent reports suggest that the hatchback could be sold under Tata nameplate. Adding to it, the company is also testing an electric bus in India, which will soon introduced in the market. In a move to further expand the electric & hybrid base in India, the government is planning to completely move to eco-friendly cars by 2030. Adding to it, the GOI have also reduces taxes on such cars.