Following its unveil as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 (a Concept Car is a study presented by a company showcasing its new technologies and design to get reactions of the customers or the public, and isn’t a confirmation of a launch) what we can classify as ‘Tata EVision details’ have been spreading like wildfire on social media. Is there any truth to the speculations of its range, technology and price? Let’s find out.
Tata EVision range & other specifications
Tata Motors has never revealed or even hinted the range of the Tata E-Vision Sedan Concept. It’s being rumoured that the electric sedan has a range of 1,000 km, which is fake. At the moment there is no electric car in the world market that offers a 1,000 km range on a full charge and to achieve such a long travel distance, a massive battery pack would be required that would cost north of INR 25 lakhs at today’s price. Apart from the fact that the Tata EVision sits on the OMEGA-Arc platform which supports full electrification, below are some of the officially revealed specifications of the concept car:
|Tata EVision Specification||Value|
|0-100 km/h acceleration||Under 7 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 km/h|
Tata EVision design
The EVision concept car is designed using Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and gets a three-dimensional ‘Humanity’ line that runs the entire width of the car. At the rear are animated tail lights that are a part of the ‘Slingshot’ line that starts at the logo and goes around the side. The EVision concept (official video attached above from Auto Comparo Youtube channel) was capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in under 7 seconds and had a top speed of 200 km/h.
The interior was another talking point with an instrument panel that has two selectable digital interfaces. It came with a rear seat package which made them fully adjustable and occupants were surrounded by hand crafted materials and subtle details. The concept car by Tata Motors’ head of design Pratap Bose will be remembered for a long time to come.
Tata EVision features
Below are some of the features that were demonstrated on the concept vehicle:
- Predictive energy management systems based on live traffic & routes
- Cloud computing, analytics, geo-spatial mapping and increased human-machine interface.
- Capable of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) features
- Prognostics controller for forecasting of service requirements leading to life cycle management of battery packs, which will be extendable to full vehicle
- Slow charging (AC) & fast charging (DC) options
Tata EVision price & launch
The ‘fake news’ banners read that the Tata E-Vision would launch at a price of Rs.25 lakh (ex-showroom). There’s absolutely no truth to this rumour, as Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek has ruled that out in an interview with TimesOfIndia.indiatimes.com. Though it is technically feasible to build the vehicle, there is no commercial viability to the project considering that the domination of crossovers & SUVs are leading to the slow death of sedans in the upper segments. Beyond Rs.10 lakh, Indian car buyer preference is shifting towards crossovers and SUVs evident by the demand for the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Mahindra XUV500, that led to the discontinuation of sedans like the Nissan Sunny, Toyota Corolla, Renault Fluence, VW Jetta, Hyundai Sonata, etc. With no plan for launch, the 10-year warranty rumour is flushed down the drain.
According to Butschek, Tata will be looking to launch EVs in the segment below or just above 4 metres, which is the “sweet spot” for EV adoption. It will be models based on the ALFA-Arc platform that will get all-electric variants initially. The Altroz EV and HBX EV are going to be the first of the next-gen Tata electric cars coming to showrooms.