Tata Motors has revealed the electric variants of the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan at the 2018 Auto Expo. Both cars are not yet on sale for private buyers in India although Tata does supply the Tigor EV to the Indian government run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
The cars shown at the Auto Expo are stylistically very similar to the internal combustion engined Tiago and Tigor. Changes include decals on the flanks and rear. The front ends of both cars get gloss finish on the grille, and the cars also get a gloss finish for the hatch-lid spoiler.
The cars use an electric motor and battery pack supplied by Electra EV. The electric motor generates 30 kW (40.21 hp) of peak power at 4,500 rpm. The battery pack is rated at 216 Ah battery, and takes 6 hours to fully charge. There’s a fast charging mode also available, which charges the battery from empty to 80 % capacity in just 90 minutes. A full charge gives the Tigor and Tiago EVs a driving range of 130 km, while top-speed is limited to 100 Kph. For now, Tata Motors hasn’t revealed the market price of the cars.
Both the Tiago and Tigor EV are based on the XZ variant, which means that they feature airbags and ABS as standard, and also get all the features associated with the top-spec model. When launched in the Indian market, both cars are likely to have a price tag close to the Rs. 10 lakh mark. This is because the cost of lithium ion batteries used on electric cars is still quite high. Until the cost of lithium ion batteries reduces drastically, electric cars are unlikely to replace petrol and diesel powered vehicles. The other challenges electric vehicles face are 1. Limited range and 2. Lack of adequate charging infrastructure.