Tata Motors may launch the long-range variant of the Tata Tigor EV in the Indian market next week. The long range variant of the Tigor has been in the making for a while now. It is considered to be a part of Tata's attempts to make its electric vehicles available for private buyers as well.
The electric vehicle industry is growing at a rapid pace. Electric vehicles are the future and people and all automotive manufacturers in the world are racing against time and against each other to develop electric vehicles. Well, the EV race in India too is heating up.
Tata Motors is one of the only two mainstream manufacturers to have an electric car in its portfolio. Currently, Mahindra Electric and Tata Motors are the only two manufacturers to have electric cars on sale in India.
Mahindra Electric retails the eVeriito and eSupro and Tata Motors sells the Tigor EV to fleet operators and government agencies only. However, Mahindra Electric also has the e2O electric vehicles on sale for private buyers while Tata Motors does not have anything for private buyers.
Hence, the Indian auto giant has been trying to launch a new variant with a longer range to suit the requirements of private buyers. The Tata Tigor EV currently on sale is powered by a 16.2kWh battery and driven by a 72 Volt AC induction motor.
It has a maximum power output of 40.23bhp and a peak torque output of 105Nm. It boasts of a range of 142 kilometres on one full charge. If a 15kW DC fast-charger is used, the battery can be juiced up within 80-90 minutes, making for a decent turnaround time. However, for private buyers, Tata intends to improve the range.
According to Car&Bike, the new extended range variant of the Tata Tigor will be launched next week. The new variant is expected to have a range of around 200 kilometres on a single charge and it is expected to have a higher top speed as well.
The current model is restricted to 80km/h since it is meant for commercial usage. The extended range variant will not have the speed restriction but will have better performance. We also expect the extended range version to weigh more since it would require additional batteries to deal with the speed and the higher range requirements.
The Tata Tigor EV is currently retailed at prices between Rs 11.58 lakh and Rs 11.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). These prices will obviously go up for the extended range version of the notchback.
Thoughts On Tata Tigor EV Being Launched Next Week
The Tata Tigor EV came with a lot of promises. However, the general public and private buyers are yet to see these promises coming true. The extended range variant will offer more value-for-money to private buyers. Tata is going big with its electric vehicle plans.
Earlier today, Tata Motors announced its Ziptron EV technology that will power its next generation of electric vehicles. These new vehicles will have a shorter charging time and a longer range.