Tata Motors has confirmed that both the Tiago and Tigor electric cars would soon go on sale in India. Presently, only the Tigor EV is built in India, at Tata’s Sanand factory. The car is supplied exclusively to the Indian government. Soon, even private buyers will be able to buy not only the Tigor EV but also the Tiago Electric. This was revealed by the CEO of Tata Motors, Guenter Butschek.
Here is what he said,
We have successfully developed the electric versions of the Tiago and Tigor and both will be on sale in some months.
Both cars are expected to be in Tata showrooms by the middle of 2019. They are likely to be the priciest of the Tiago and Tigor line-ups in India as lithium ion batteries continue to be expensive. Expect price tags close to Rs. 10 lakhs for both cars, making them very niche offerings. Both cars are expected to just mark Tata Motors’ presence in the electric car market, and not really be major sellers for the brand.
The Tigor and Tiago EVs will have similar specifications. They’ll both be powered by a 3-phase AC induction motor that delivers peak power of about 40 Bhp at 4,500 rpm. This motor will use lithium ion batteries, which when charged fully will give the cars a total range of 130 kilometers. Top speed will be limited to 100 Kph in the interest of keeping the battery range high.
Apart from the Tigor and Tiago electric cars, Tata Motors is also aiming to made its upcoming Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) electric-ready. What this means is Tata will be able to quickly deploy electric variants of all cars based on the AMP platform on demand. However, such electric cars from Tata under AMP will come to India only beyond 2020 as the market for such cars is too small for now.