It’s no secret that the future is electric and the earlier we switch to EVs, the better it is for the environment, and yes, Polar bears as well. While we had some first-mover companies in the EV space like Reva and Mahindra Electric, the space was leftover with very little to no sales conversion. Tata stepped into the affordable EV segment with the Nexon EV that now holds 70 per cent of the EV market share in India. After the success of the Nexon EV, Tata has extended its EV arm with the Tigor EV that has just been launched. Here are the Tata Electric cars price in India, specs and features. We will also tell you about the upcoming electric vehicles from Tata Motors.
Tata Electric Cars price in India - Tata Nexon EV
Tata Nexon EV is the first Tata electric car to feature the Ziptron technology. It is priced from Rs 13.99 lakh and goes to Rs 16.85 lakh ex-showroom, PAN India. It is worth noting that the central and state governments are offering impressive subsidies to EV buyers and that reduces the final price by a good margin. Along with that, other benefits like no registration charges and road tax, dedicated parking space and other state-level subsidies are offered.
Tata Nexon EV is identical to the ICE-powered Nexon, save for the generous use of blue stripes all around. The recently-launched Nexon EV Dark looks like an absolute sinister and has the street cred of a butch SUV. The Dark edition comes with gloss black touches, black alloy wheels, satin finish on the shoulder stripe and all-black interiors. On the inside, Tata Nexon EV is offered with a part-digital instrument cluster, rotary gear selector with sports mode, 7.0-inch Harman infotainment with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, iRA connect with sim-based connectivity features, electric sunroof, automatic headlights and wipes and more.
Tata Nexon EV comes packed with a 30.2 kWh battery pack and it offers an Arai-certified range of 312 km. The electric motor produces 129PS and 245 Nm of torque. Due to the lack of an actual gearbox, the Nexon EV puts out all the 245 Nm of tarmac tearing torque the moment you stomp on the throttle. It offers impressive performance and achieves 100 km/h from a standstill in under 10 seconds. With an MY22 update, Tata is said to increase the power to 136PS that is 7PS more than the current model.
Tata Nexon EV doesn’t have any arch-rival in the Indian market. The upper spectrum of the EV space is taken by the Hyundai Kona EV and MG ZS EV, both are considerably expensive than the Nexon EV. However, Mahindra is all set to pit the XUV300 Electric against the Nexon EV and grab the segment-leading sales. Showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo as a concept, Mahindra XUV300 Electric is expected to hit the market by 2023.
Tata Electric Cars price in India - Tata Tigor EV
Tata Tigor EV is the second electric offering from Tata Motors that is based on the Ziptron technology. If we retrospect, the Tigor was the first EV from Tata Motors but it was offered only to fleet operators with a rather languid range. The recently launched X-Pres T is also only offered to the fleet operators and it comes with a smaller battery pack. The new Tata Tigor EV is priced from Rs 11.99 lakh and the XZ+ is priced at Rs 12.99 lakh ex-showroom, PAN India. Just like the Nexon EV, the Tigor EV will also be benefitted from FAME II deductions and state-level subsidies.
Talking about the exterior changes, the Tigor EV lacks a conventional grille at the front and the humanity line is now electric blue. Tata has added a unique tri-arrow design on the lower bumper whereas the side fenders get EV badging. On the side, it gets 15-inch alloy wheels and Tata also offers a two-tone paint, including blacked-out ORVMs, with the XZ+ model. At the back, of course, there is no exhaust pipe and the Tigor EV badge is placed on the boot lid.
On the inside, the layout of the Tigor EV is similar to that of the ICE Tigor but there are some key differentiating elements. For instance, the gear shifter is replaced with a rotary dial, and AC vent surrounds are finished in blue. Talking about the features, the Tigor EV offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, automatic climate control, digital instrument cluster, push-button start/stop etc. It is also offered with iRA connect which offers 30+ connected car features.
Even though the Tigor EV uses a smaller 26 kWh battery pack, as opposed to Nexon’s 30.2 kWh pack, it offers a claimed range of 306 km range on a single charge. Tata has made it possible by reducing the power and torque output from the motor, which is capped at 75PS and 170 Nm. Tata Tigor EV is capable of doing nought to 60 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Via fast charging, the Tigor EV can replenish its battery to 80 per cent in under an hour whereas a normal charger would take 8.5 hours to do the same.
Upcoming Electric Cars from Tata Motors
Tata Motors showcased multiple future models at the 2020 Auto Expo and many of those models were electric vehicles. While many of the models are expected to become a possibility, the Altroz EV could possibly be the next electric offering from the Indian carmaker. Tata Altroz EV could share its electric powertrain with the Nexon EV and could offer a range of up to 350 kilometres. Like its siblings, there won’t be any big changes in terms of design and features. Along with that, Tata could also launch the Tiago EV that will share its drivetrain with the Tigor EV. Given the same powertrain, Tata Tiago EV will offer a range of 300+ km on a single charge.
Tata Motors is actively working on its electric portfolio and we expect some born electric vehicles in the future as well. Tata also showcased the Sierra Electric at the Expo and even though it was far away from reality, we can expect a Sierra Electric in the coming years. Both the Indian carmakers that are Tata Motors and Mahindra are working in the EV space and engineering future models for the market. The future of the Indian automotive market is surely electrifying.