Tata Motors is stepping up its production of electric vehicles (EVs), with the eagerly awaited Altroz EV scheduled for a launch in India next year. This is part of the homegrown automaker's ambitious plan to add four more battery-powered vehicles to its line-up by 2025. After overcoming several developmental obstacles, the Altroz EV, which made its premiere at the 2020 Auto Expo and the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is finally ready for its official launch. For those who are unaware, the model faced issues related to the positioning of the battery pack underneath the floor, resulting in a 20mm decrease in its ground clearance, to 145mm. The conundrum was whether to raise the Altroz to compensate for the decreased ground clearance, potentially resulting in a crossover-like appearance and thereby compromising the car’s original stance. The issue impeded the development of the electric vehicle and made it impossible to be launched before the Nexon EV.
Tata Motors Confirms the Launch Timeline
The Altroz EV is now slated to arrive in the domestic market in 2025, according to the most recent update, which also reveals that Tata Motors has effectively resolved the battery packaging issue. ‘Punch is the first one, Curvv will come next,’ said Shailesh Chandra, MD of Tata Motors' Passenger Vehicles Business, during the Tata Punch EV launch a few days ago. ‘Harrier will also come by the end of this calendar year. Then we would have Sierra and Altroz coming in 2025,’ Chandra added.
Tata Altroz EV: Expected Powertrain
Given that the Altroz EV is based on the same platform and architecture as the Punch EV, it’s likely to have a similarly-sized battery pack as well. So, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that the higher-spec models will have a 35kWh battery pack, with a driving range of 421km and a motor output rated at 122bhp. Similarly, the more affordable models are likely to be outfitted with a 25kWh battery pack, with a claimed driving range of about 315km and a maximum power output of 82bhp.
Tata Altroz EV: Price
With the Altroz EVs, Tata Motors intends to target a different audience, thereby reducing any potential sales competition with the Punch EV, even though there may be a price overlap between the two – the former may cost anything between Rs 10.99 lakh and Rs 15.49 lakh, ex-showroom.
Tata Tiago, Tigor CNG Automatic Variants Bookings Now Open
In other news, the firm recently announced that it has now begun accepting reservations for the forthcoming automatic versions of the Tata Tiago and Tigor CNG. These models can be reserved both online and offline for a token amount of Rs 21,000. While the Tigor CNG AMT is offered in two variants (XZA CNG and XZA+ CNG), the Tiago CNG with an automatic transmission is offered in three (XTA, XZA+, and XZA NRG). New exterior paint schemes have also been introduced for models like the Tiago, Tiago NRG, and Tigor. The Tiago is now available in Tornado Blue, while the Tiago NRG can be had in Grassland Beige as well. The Tigor, on the other hand, is now also available in the Meteor Bronze colour.