Four new Tata electric cars would launch by early-2022, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, confirmed at the launch of the company’s first electric SUV this year, the Tata Nexon EV. The top boss, who recently welcomed a Nexon EV to his garage, had then mentioned that the roadmap includes 2 SUVs, a sedan and a hatchback model powered by a battery.
In this story we take a look at the upcoming Tata Electric car models and their projected launch date. The list includes new products and product improvements. Note that Tata Motors (or its management in media interviews) has not confirmed the names of the EVs or given guidance on the launches, only stating that the Altroz EV would come out in 2021.
Improved Tata Tigor EV (2020)
On 9 October 2019, the first-gen Tigor EV was made available to the public with a bigger, 21.5 kWh battery pack that has extended the range to 213 km. The electrical components are sourced from Electra EV. Now, a facelift for the first-gen Tigor EV is in the works that would carry over the external updates such as the project headlights, new bumpers and the and tri-arrow grille pattern from the ICE variant. The variant would retail the Electra EV-sourced powertrain to remain cost effective.
We’ve already seen the new Tata Tigor EV (facelift) without camouflage in public premises, and this indicates that the launch is just around the corner. We expect the launch to take place by Diwali this year, with prices starting at around INR 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Improved Tata Nexon EV (2021)
The Tata Nexon EV is still a fresh product, but over the course of time, it will get regular updates. The first major update would see the Tata Nexon EV improve in range, performance, and efficiency, as suggested by Anand Kulkarni, Vehicle Line Director, Product Line Electric Vehicle Business (Tata Motors Passenger Cars) in a recent social media interaction.
While the Tata Tigor EV received a bigger battery pack for improved range, in the Tata Nexon EV’s case, software updates that make the operation of the Ziptron technology more efficient are possible. If we were to look at the Hyundai Kona EV, modifications to the chassis and upgrading the tyres unlocked a higher range, so interventions doesn’t necessarily have to include up-rating the battery.
The current Tata Nexon EV comes with a standard 30.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that returns an ARAI-certified 312 km range. Its prices start at INR 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and its sales have already crossed 1,000 units, with the milestone Tata Nexon EV delivered to Chandrasekaran.
The Tata Nexon EV received a software update recently for smoother driving (improved creep mode, new regen pedal setting) and consistent displays (more accurate energy consumption reading), which we have discussed in detail already.
New Tata Altroz EV (2021)
The electric hatchback will be the Tata Altroz EV that has already been showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 and the more recently at the Auto Expo 2020 in a production-oriented spec. It is expected to be launched in the first half of 2021.
The Ziptron electric powertrain for the Altroz will be the same as that of Nexon EV but with the lighter weight of the Altroz and progress in the powertrain capability, expect an ARAI-approved range of around 350 km against Nexon EV’s 312 km. Tata Motors’ President of Passenger Vehicle Business, Shailesh Chandra, recently indicated that the Tata Altroz EV would come in multiple range options, offering a low range solution suitable for city driving and a high range version suitable for excursions. He hasn’t disclosed the possible battery pack capacities, though.
The Altroz EV is expected to be priced starting at around Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
New Tata H2X/HBX EV (2022)
The Tata HBX concept, an evolution of the Tata H2X concept, is likely to get an all-electric powertrain within two years of its launch to become the cheapest new Tata electric car on sale. The production version, internally known as the Tata Hornbill, is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2021 with a petrol engine. The Tata HBX EV is expected to compete with electric versions of the Maruti Wagon R and the Mahindra KUV100. The micro-SUV will be built on the ALFA platform that the Altroz rides on and one media report has confirmed that it would be Tata’s fourth electric car (following the Tigor EV, Nexon EV and the Altroz EV).
The Tata HBX EV could have a starting price of between INR 8-9 lakh (ex-showroom) if the company gets a good level of localization in for the electric components. It will rival the Mahindra eKUV100, which will go on sale by the end of September 2020.
Next-gen Tata Tigor EV (2022)
The next-gen Tata Tigor is internally called the ‘Tata Goshaq’. Unlike the first-gen model, the Goshaq will ride on the modern Altroz’s ALFA Arc platform, which is ready for all-electric powertrains. The next-gen Tata Tigor EV following a few months or around a year later is expected to migrate to the company’s Ziptron technology, offering customers with a higher range without compromising performance.
Tata Sierra EV (Unconfirmed)
Auto Expo 2020’s biggest surprise and perhaps the most exciting premiere in recent years was the conceptual and electric Tata Sierra. Indirectly previewing a reborn, second-gen Tata Sierra, it also signaled a first-ever Sierra EV. Sitting on the Tata ALFA platform, the Tata Sierra EV Concept previews Tata Motors’ purported premium B-SUV that would go against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Maruti S-Cross. More importantly, if put into production, it would spawn India’s best Hyundai Kona Electric alternative.
Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors, went on record to tell ElectricVehicleWeb.in at Auto Expo 2020 that he will try his best to secure the green signal for the production version of the Tata Sierra EV Concept. A potential Tata Sierra EV would slot above the Nexon EV as the flagship Tata electric car and debut the company’s latest advancements in the EV space, both hardware and software. Besides the signature design, expect two battery pack options and a highly digital and connected cockpit.
I’m going to try with every bone in my body to make this (Tata Sierra EV Concept) into a production product.Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors, to ElectricVehicleWeb.in at the Auto Expo 2020.
A next-gen Tata Sierra would ideally form a replacement for the rumoured Tata Blackbird (internal name) that was to be developed on Chinese carmaker Chery’s vehicle platform. The debut of and an amazing response to the Tata Sierra EV Concept, as well as the ongoing negative sentiment around Chinese products in India in the eyes of both consumers and the government, means the Tata Blackbird project could shift to an in-house platform.
With Tata Group planning to manufacture battery cells (Tata Chemicals is setting up a pilot project for Lithium cells at the Dholera factory) and Tata Autocomp working closely with Tata Motors to localize the electric motor, new Tata electric car launches are expected to arrive at lower price points. 2-3 new Tata electric cars arriving in the medium-term future should have attractive starting prices of under INR 10 lakh (ex-showroom) which can only help the company maintain its leadership in the EV segment.