The Tata Altroz EV will be the third Tata electric vehicle in India after the Tata Tigor EV and the Tata Nexon EV. Judging by the version presented at the Auto Expo, much of the development of the new Tata electric car is complete, and road testing of the Tata Altroz EV began in early-2020. Here’s everything we know about India’s first premium electric hatchback.
Tata Altroz EV design
The Tata Altroz EV was unveiled in a near-production form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show (March 2019). It made its Indian debut about a year later at the Auto Expo 2020 with an updated design that was production-ready. The bumpers were new and the electric car appeared to have its ground clearance increased compared to the Swiss show car. The alloy wheels were smaller, the EV badge was moved to the lower portion of the tailgate and a pole antenna had replaced the more expensive shark-fin type.
Compared to the Altroz, the Tata Altroz EV sports a cleaner yet funky styling. At the front, the upper grille and the lower grille are replaced by closed-off gloss black panel and body-coloured panels respectively. The upper panel features a teal blue EV badge, while the lower panel is adorned with the signature tri-arrow pattern. In place of a full-width chrome strip, a teal blue stripe embellishes the bumper edge.
On the sides, unique 16-inch alloy wheels in silver with teal blue highlight will distinguish the Tata Altroz electric. A teal blue EV badge at the bottom of the tailgate comes in place for the same reason. On the inside, apart from teal blue accents on various elements like the AC vents, centre console and instrument panel, expect white or a comparable light-tone seat upholstery featuring the tri-arrow pattern.
Tata Altroz EV specifications
The Tata Altroz EV will be the first Alfa-Arc platform electric car. It will feature the Ziptron electric vehicle technology, which comprises a PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) and a Lithium-ion battery pack with IP67 dust and waterproof rating. A real-world range of at least 250 km, DC fast-charging (80% charge possible in 60 minutes), regenerative braking and a powertrain warranty of 8 years/1.6 lakh kilometres are expected for the new electric car. Tata Motors engineers have succeeded in packaging the battery pack in the Altroz without affecting its ground clearance or cabin space.
|Tata Altroz EV Ground Clearance||170 mm (expected)|
|Motor & Gearbox||Permanent Magnet AC Motor with Single Speed gearbox|
|Fast Charging Time (SOC 0%-80%)||60 minutes|
|Tata Altroz EV Battery Capacity||30.2 kWh (expected)|
|Targeted Range (Mileage)||250 km (Real world)|
|Tata Altroz EV Top Speed||120 km/h (expected, electronically limited)|
Some of the above parameters may apply to select configurations, as the Tata Altroz EV might come in more than one range variant. Tata feels some customers may use the Altroz EV in the city and use their other car for long trips and excursions. For them, a lower range (lower capacity battery pack) and/or lower motor outputs may not seem like a compromise and matches their usage. Shailesh Chandra, President, Tata Motors, has suggested that the company could offer a lower-spec variant that is more affordable targeting the city customers.
Tata Altroz EV features
In addition to the aforementioned 16-inch alloy wheels, the Tata Altroz EV should be offered with features like LED headlamps, semi-digital instrument cluster, blue ambient lighting, ZConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, wearable key and much more. Do note that the standard variant isn’t available with LED headlamps. Expect the trim selection to be relatively smaller and even the base configuration to pack a lot of attractive features as the Altroz EV is targeted at personal car buyers and not the fleet segment where aspirations are different.
Tata Motors has made distinguishable changes for the first time on an electric version with the Altroz EV. The dashboard is redesigned and the flow of the centre console in different with a ‘walk through’ effect (refer image above). The parking brake (electric) and the drive selector are integrated neatly on the centre arm rest which has a compartment for small articles.
Tata Altroz EV price
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to be priced between INR 10-12 lakh (ex-showroom). While the price depends on the level of localization of the powertrain, Tata Motors says the difference between ICE and EV would be less than 25 per cent. Additionally, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit at Tata Motors says the price differential between petrol or diesel variants of the Altroz and Nexon would logically have to be maintained on the EV variants. For reference prices of the XZ Diesel variants are 25.5 per cent apart.
The Tata Group is planning to manufacture battery cells (Tata Chemicals is setting up a pilot plant to produce the cells in Dholera, Gujarat for application on Tata electric cars) and create an ecosystem for making Tata electric cars affordable including the localization of the battery and the motor by Tata Autocomp. These steps, coupled with the fall in battery price, would lead to the gradual reduction in Tata electric car prices in the coming years.
Tata Altroz EV launch date
Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Tata Motors had set the release of the Altroz EV between January and July 2021, and we believe this timeline stays. Tata Motors should share an accurate timetable towards the end of the 2020.
What is the expected Tata Altroz EV price?
INR 10-12 lakh (ex-showroom) is the expected Tata Altroz EV price.
What is the Tata Altroz EV launch date?
Early to Mid-2021 is when Tata Motors will launch the Altroz EV.
What are the expected key Tata Altroz EV specifications?
250 km real world range, 120 km/h top speed & 60 min fast-charging.