The first ever Tata Tigor EV has been delivered recently. Tata Motors had bagged an order of 10,000 units for the Indian car market and this is a major order for the company. Recently we had also stated that Ola Cabs has bought 400 electric Nanos from Jayem, which has purchased the body shells from Tata Motors and added its own electric motor and battery pack. Tata Motors is moving towards electric vehicles and there is no doubt in that.
Tata Motors recently won the order for electric vehicles and the tender meant delivering 10,000 units of this sedan to the government. This is a Rs 1,120 crore tender and the order consists to deliver 10,000 units of the electric Tigor at a price of Rs 10.16 lakhs without GST. Of all the players, Tata Motors had quoted the lowest price of all. This tender had Mahindra and Mahindra and even Nissan competing for it. In the end, it went to Tata Motors. This will help the company to boost its infrastructure to build electric vehicles.
At the moment, the Nano GenX, the Tiago and the regular version of the Tigor are manufactured in Sanand. The Sanand plant is capable of manufacturing about 2.5 lakh units annually. From the current reports its clear that the new Tigor electric will be manufactured in Sanand as the platform is built here, making it more easier to make the electric powertrain.
Tata Tiago EV was showcased in the UK and this same technology of drivetrain shall be used on the Tigor too. Tata Motors CEO and MD Guenter Butschek had stated that this tender will improve e-mobility and even help to enhance the electric vehicles infrastructure in India. The company will work on localising the same technology for the Tigor and even look at future sales of the electrically powered hatchback and sedan in India.
As per the tender, Tata Motors will deliver the first 500 units until November 2017 and the remaining 9,500 units in the next nine months of the intent letter. These electric vehicles will be used by the state-run government Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). These will beused directly by the state or leased out for usage. This was an international bidding opportunity and with Tata taking the win, it was a proud moment for the Indian automotive industry.
Tata Tigor EV Specifications
This will be similar to the Tiago EV. This variant will produce about 85kW of maximum torque and it will be churning close to 200Nm of maximum torque. The Tigor EV will have a range of 100kms and it will have a top speed of 135km/hr. The Tata Tigor electric will do 0-100km/hr in 11 seconds. This battery pack will be cooled by liquid not air to reduce the noise. This will come with a single-speed automatic transmission.
Also Read: Tata Tiago EV Details
Tata Tigor EV Launch Date in India
The variant that will be launched shall be for the government’s use only. This variant will not come into production anytime this year for normal buyers. We do expect that the Tigor EV will be made available to buyers by 2019. Before that it seems to be doubtful. Till early 2018, Tata will complete the deliveries of the Tigor EV and this will mean that the Tigor will be made available before this time line. We do expect Tata Motors to showcase the new Tigor EV at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Tata Tigor EV Price in India
As electric vehicles attract the least amount of taxation and even the on-road tax is fairly low, the pricing of this new Tigor electric should be about Rs 11.5 lakhs (on-road). This might come down with time as more and more electric vehicles are manufactured and production cost comes down. The electric vehicles will become more affordable. Government needs to work on the charging bit for all the electric vehicles. It will be needed for better infrastructure and more electricity supply.
Tata Tigor EV Variants
Specific to the EESL order, the Tigor EV will be delivered in three trim variants – Base, Premium and High and will be available in ‘Pearlescent White’ colour with blue decals. Over the basic requirements of the tender, the Tigor EV, across the variants, would have FATC (Fully Automatic AC) to provide maximum comfort to its occupants. Equipped with a single speed, automatic transmission, the Tigor EV will also allow the customers to enjoy the driving experience, maximized efficiency and seamless acceleration. The electric drive systems for the Tigor EV is developed and supplied by Electra EV – a company established to develop and supply electric drive systems for the automotive sector.
Tata Tigor EV Battery
The Tata Tigor EV gets a 85kW electric motor that has 200Nm of maximum torque. This drivetrain set-up has a range of about 100 kilometres, does 0-100km/hr in about 11 seconds and has a top speed of about 135km/hr. This shall be the same config for the Tigor too. Maybe some changes in the range, and it could see an improvement. There will be lithium ion batteries used on the Tigor EV.
Tata Tigor EV Mileage
Now, electric vehicle do not have mileage. We have added this section as many people have inquired about this. The Tigor EV will not have any kind of mileage as no fuel is added in litres or even gallons. Tigor gets a range of distance to empty of electric charge. It has a range of 100kms on one charge. The exact charging time hasn’t been shared yet.
Tata Tigor Electric Versions or Variants
There will be not many variants on offer. The Tigor EV will have only one variant. This trim will offer all the bells and whistles in this segment. The Tigor electric will offer all the features it does on the current XZ(O) variant.
Tata Tigor Electric Dimensions
|Boot Space||419 litres|
|Kerb Weight||1300kgs approx|
There shall be no change in the dimensions of the Tata Tigor. It will be offering the same length and the ground clearance will also remain the same. In terms of weight, it will see an increment by some amount. But that should be it. The tyres on offer will be 14-inch from what we understand looking at the images of the Tigor EV that has been delivered.
Tata Tigor Electric Design
The Tigor Electric will have a humanity front grille with pulled back and smoked out headlamps. The hood will be crowned on the Tigor EV. The front fog lamps will be round with chrome surround. There will be more 15-inch wheels on offer. There will be no change in the side profile of the Tigor. The ground clearance will remain the same at 170mm. The wing mirrors will have integrated side indicators. There will be the sporty fast back look.
The rear will continue to be the same attract one. Fuel lid will be replaced with electric charging point. The tail lamps will have LEDs to reduce the power consumption. The fastback look of the Tigor will be retained. We reckon the Tigor will continue to offer 15-inch wheels with diamond cut design to its electric Tigor buyers.
Tata Tigor EV Interior
The Tigor EV interior will not change. There shall be two differences – one is the new gear knob, which will be circular and the instrument cluster will change as well. These will be the major changes inside. Apart from this, everything else remains the same. The steering wheel, same music system with touchscreen and reverse camera will be the bells and whistles. The seats will be fabric and the safety features will include dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Apart from this there will nothing major in addition on the Tigor EV. The boot space will continue to be 419 litres, the biggest in this segment. As it is under 4 metres, it will get tax benefit making it an exciting package for me.