Tata Motors today rolled out the first batch of the Tata Tigor Electric Vehicle (EV) at the hands of N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, from its Sanand facility in Gujarat. Present on this momentous occasion were Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors and members of the Tata Motors Executive Committee. The Tigor EVs are being manufactured for the Indian Government’s prestigious order of electric vehicles from the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), an entity under the Ministry of Power.
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Tata Motors had qualified as L1 bidder in the midst of stiff competition and won the tender of 10,000 electric cars floated by EESL in September 2017. For phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs, for which it has received a LoA. For an additional 100 cars, the LoA is expected to be issued shortly by EESL. The electric drive systems for this prestigious order have been developed and supplied by Electra EV – a company established to develop and supply electric drive systems for the automotive sector.
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The Tigor Electric Car won’t launch before the last quarter of next year. However, the company will supply 10,000 units of the electric car to the Government of India over the next 2 years. So, basically, you’ll soon start seeing this car on public roads. In the first batch, only 500 cars will be delivered to the Government. Also, we expect to see the Tigor electric vehicle at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018.
The 10,000 units of the electric Tigor will replace the petrol- and Diesel-powered car that the government officials have been using. Currently, estimates suggest that there are as many as 5 lakh Government cars in use.
In the winning bid, Tata Motors quoted a price of Rs 10.16 lakh per car to the Government. This price is exclusive of the GST. It will cost Rs 11.2 lakh if you factor in the GST. The Tigor EV won’t go on sale at least before a year. We are pretty sure the company will initially focus on delivering the 10,000 units to the Government first. Also, there are good chances that this electric car will cost lesser when it goes on sale in near future. We say this because the Government would want to push sales of EVs by offering huge subsidies and rebates. This will help achieve the all-electric car target by 2030. High sales of the Tigor EV will also motivate other car companies to come up with EVs.
While the regular Tigor is on sale with 1.2-litre Petrol and 1.05-litre Diesel engines, the Tigor EV gets a 29.8 kW (39.95 hp) electric motor. This means that the Tigor Electric car is less powerful than the Tiago EV, which offers a peak power of 85 kW (113.94 hp). In terms of dimensions, there is no change. This means that the upcoming EV is 3,992 mm long, 1,677 mm wide and 1,537 mm tall. It has a 2,450 mm wheelbase. These figures are the same as those of the regular Tata Tigor. The Tigor electric car will become a direct rival to the Mahindra eVerito, which offers slightly more power (30.5 kW or 41 hp). However, let’s not forget that the Tigor is almost 200 KGs lighter.
The rechargeable batteries will have a range of 100 KMs. While not much, but it’s still enough for usage in an urban environment.
So, what do you think about the Tata Tigor Electric vehicle? Do you think the new model will be powerful enough for our kind of usage? Share your views with us by writing them down in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned to Carblogindia for latest news updates on cars and motorcycles relevant to India.
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