Auto Expo 2018: Tata’s Tigor Electric Car and it’s sibling the Tata Tiago Electric have made their first public appearance at the Auto Expo 2018. This is the first real glimpse of Tata’s connected mobility programme that we are seeing, in what is likely to be a long line of electric cars from Tata Motors. Now the Tigor EV which we caught a glimpse of last year as they rolled out the first 500 Tigor Electric cars as part of their contract with EESL for 10,000 EVs ahead of the government's 2032 automobile electrification strategy.
The two cars look majorly like their internal combustion counterparts, sans some minor detailing. Both The Tata Tigor EV and the Tiago EV get blue EV decals along the sides, and the honey bee pattern grille has been replaced with the a single all but transparent Blue fibre piece, considering that Electric motors don’t need that kind of ventilation. On the inside two the similarities continue although a unique knob like gear lever sets the Tigor & Tiago Electric car apart.
Both EVs run the same specification and are powered by a 3-phase AC induction motor with a peak output of 30kW at 4,500rpm. The power figure equates to about 40hp, so performance will be far from electrifying – and that’s before accounting for the effect of the added heft of the battery pack. Tata has not disclosed any numbers about range or battery capacity as yet, though the release does mention ‘fast charging’ capability.
Both the Tata Tigor and Tiago Electric car draw their power from the same 3-phase AC induction motor with a peak output of 30kW at 4,500rpm. Which would be equivalent to about 40 horsepower, so don’t go expecting ballistic performance, especially considering that 140km range is borne by the battery pack which has enough heft to make up for the lack of IC motor. It is also likely that the Tigor EV will also get a fast charging capability. Although range anxiety is still likely to remain.
Tata is expected to launch their Electric siblings later this year, but all included without the charging station expect it cost north of the Rs 10 lakh mark.