An electric model of the Tigor is likely in the pipeline with Tata Motors unveiling the Tigor Electric at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar. The home-grown automaker it is learnt is actively collaboratively on various electric and hybrid vehicle in the commercial vehicle space and is simultaneously working on electrification in the passenger vehicle front.
Commenting on the EV plans, Shailesh Chandra, president, electric mobility business and corporate strategy, Tata Motors said, “We at Tata Motors have identified sustainable transportation as one of the core elements of our company’s strategy. With the government’s continued thrust on accelerated adoption of e-mobility through enabling policies, continued reduction in battery prices and other critical components, we clearly see a sharp rise in demand for electric vehicles in the coming years. Using our in-house capabilities, our group companies expertise and collaboration with other ecosystem players, we intend to offer a comprehensive range of electric vehicles and other ecosystem solutions to break the barriers to adoption.”
“We have already developed cars, buses and last mile commercial vehicles, which have been showcased at various events in the past. The Tigor EV and the ultra electric bus are a subset of our wider planned EV portfolio,” added Chandra.
Speaking of the Tigor EV, it is a fully electric and zero emission compact sedan. Tata has already delivered several units of Tigor EV to ESSL and is planning a public launch by end of 2019 in the market. At the Vibrant Gujarat summit, the company also launched an electric bus. The electric bus is the first full electric drive-train with zero-emission and noiseless operations. The ultra 9m electric bus can be the modern state-of-the-art solution for urban transport requirements while filling the need for cleaner public transport vehicle, according to Tata Motors.
The company has also joined hands with self-drive rental platform Zoomcar, Pune and agreed to deliver 500 units of the Tigor Electric for rentals. According to Chandra, “The future of mobility will increasingly be connected, shared and powered by zero emission technologies.”
The Tigor EV has a driving range of 130 kilometres on a full charge. Similar to the standard sedan, it is also developed at the company’s Sanand production facility in Gujarat. It has a top speed of 135kmph while it does a 0-100kmph sprint in just 11 seconds.