Following the Tata Tigor EV and the Tata Nexon EV, the next Tata electric car launch in India will be the Tata Altroz EV. Unlike previous models, this electric hatchback will be the first of the company’s next-gen electric vehicles. Here’s everything you need to know about the Tata Altroz EV.
Tata Altroz EV design
The Tata Altroz EV was unveiled in a near-production form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2020 with an updated design that was closer to production. The bumpers were changed and appeared to have increased the ground clearance, the alloy wheels were smaller, the EV badged was moved to the lower portion of the tailgate and a pole antenna had replaced the more expensive shark-fin type.
Compared to the Tata Altroz, the Tata Altroz EV will feature a cleaner yet funkier styling. At the front, the upper grille and the lower grille will be replaced by a closed-off gloss black panel and a closed-off body-coloured panel respectively. The upper panel will feature a teal blue EV badge, while the lower panel will have the signature tri-arrow pattern. Instead of a full-width chrome stripe, there will be a full-width teal blue stripe.
On the sides, unique 16-inch alloy wheels in silver with teal blue highlight will distinguish the Tata Altroz electric. At the rear, there will be a teal blue EV badge at the bottom of the tailgate for the same reason. The bumper design is likely to be the same. On the inside, apart from teal blue accents on various elements like the AC vents, centre console and instrument panel, expect white or a closer light-tone seat upholstery featuring 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.
|Parameters||Tata Altroz EV Specification|
|Motor & Gearbox||Permanent Magnet AC Motor with Single Speed gearbox|
|Fast Charging Time (SOC 0%-80%)||60 minutes|
|Targeted Range||250-300 km|
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 much higher.
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, Tata Motors says the difference between its ICE and EV would be less than 25 per cent.
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 a whole ecosystem for making Tata electric cars more affordable including the localization of the battery and the motor by Tata Autocomp. The Altroz EV cannot cost considerably less than the Nexon EV if a strong localization program for the electrical components does not come in time for its launch. For reference, the Tata electric SUV’s prices start at INR 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Its battery pack comes from Tata Autocomp Systems which makes them through a JV with Chinese company Guoxuan High-Tech.
Tata Altroz EV launch date
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 a more specific timetable once the situation normalizes and the market shows signs of consistent recovery.