Tata Motors' first electric car, the Tiago EV could launch in India next year - The Financial Express

Tata Motors’ first electric car, the Tiago EV could launch in India next year

Tata may give the same electric treatment to the Nano, which has seen a drastic drop in sales. However, the electric Tiago and Nano may not be available in India initially

By: | Published: July 20, 2017 12:21 PM

Tata Motors is set to introduce its very first electric vehicle (EV). Tata Motors wholly-owned UK-based subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) hinted towards the launch of an all electric Tiago via a recent tweet. The TMETC replied to a tweet from the LCV2017, an environment-friendly vehicle event that is to be held in the UK from 6th to 7th September. The tweet that reads: "Not long until we showcase our Tiago EV! The countdown is on", and is quite a confirmation that an electric Tiago is in the works. This is not Tata's first attempt on EVs - the company previously unveiled the Bolt EV concept in the UK and the technology used in the electric Bolt is likely to be used in the Tiago. Since the Tiago is underpinned with a new low-cost platform, Tata may manage to offset the costs of the electric powertrain, battery and other components. Tata may give the same electric treatment to the Nano, which has seen a drastic drop in sales. However, the electric Tiago and Nano may not be available in India initially, and could likely launch by next year.

Tata choosing the Tiago to be developed as an EV may have to do with the fact that it was part of a UK government initiative to develop autonomous cars. Last year, a video had surfaced that featured a Tiago taking a test called Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory.

Back in its home country, Tata Motors took another initiative to help reduce vehicle emissions. The company recently showcased the first Bio-CNG or bio-methane bus at Urja Utsav in Pune, Maharashtra. Tata has been developing their buses, the Tata Marcopolo, for public transport solutions for India for a considerable time now and has introduced a number of new safety technologies for CNG engines.

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