Tata Altroz EV Preview
It seems like Tata Motors has taken it personally and has decided to singlehandedly populate the EV atmosphere in India. After the Nexon EV and the Tigor EV, Tata is gearing up with an all-electric version of the new Altroz hatchback. As the name suggests, the Tata Altroz EV is largely based on its fossil-fuelled counterpart. The electric hatchback will utilise the brand’s Ziptron powertrain that uses a permanent magnet AC motor that powers the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox.
In terms of the design, the Altroz EV does not have much to differentiate it from its non-EV sibling. What it gets is an exclusive Teal Blue body paint, some blue accents around the hatchback and a redesigned front air-dam. Also, the lack of a tail-pipe gives away its electric heritage as well. The cabin seems little roomier, thanks to the absence of a mechanical gearbox and gear lever. The gear-selector dial is in front of the armrest. The centre console has been split in two parts and some storage issues are resolved via a floating cubby space on the dashboard
The Tata Altroz EV is driven by the same powertrain as the Nexon EV, i.e. a single 95kw electric motor powering the front wheels and drawing energy from a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery. Tata Motors has stated that the Altroz will exceed Tata Nexon’s ARAI-certified 312 kms range. The Altroz EV new model is claimed to charge 80% from 0 in about an hour when plugged to a fast charger.
The Tata Altroz EV price is likely to be between Rs. 12 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi and is expected to be offered in the Indian market by the end of 2021. Although an Altroz EV commuter might save quite a lot when calculating the EV’s running cost and skyrocketing price of petrol and diesel in India, Tata Altoz has a starting price of Rs. 5.84 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi for the petrol and Rs. 7.04 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi for the diesel model.