Tata Motors, an India-based automaker, has launched a new small hatchback all-electric vehicle that starts at just over $10,000.
The Indian auto market has lagged behind its peers in terms of electrification.
This is due to many factors, not the least of which is the fact that the country has strong protectionist laws when it comes to its automotive industry and this makes it difficult for foreign car manufacturers to launch new vehicles in the country without manufacturing them there.
Tesla has tried to launch several times in India, but policy has prevented them from doing so without first building a factory in the country.
This means that India will have to rely primarily on its own auto industry to electrify its passenger vehicles and address emissions from its transportation industry.
Tata Motors, the largest Indian car manufacturer, has launched some electric cars and released around 45,000 of them on Indian roads.
Now the company is launching a new cheaper electric car that could significantly accelerate the adoption of electric cars in India.
Today, the automaker is launching the Tiago.ev and the big headline is that the electric car starts at just ~$10,000.
Here are all the variants of Tata Motors Tiago.ev with a starting price of 8.49 Lakh, which is around USD 10,000:
|Battery pack||Charging options||Variant||Introductory price|
(in INR, All India – Ex-Showroom)
|19.2 kWh||3.3 kW AC||XE||8.49 lakh|
|19.2 kWh||3.3 kW AC||XT||9.09 lakh|
|24 kWh||3.3 kW AC||XT||9.99 lakh|
|24 kWh||3.3 kW AC||XZ+||10.79 lakh|
|24 kWh||3.3 kW AC||XZ+ Tech LUX||11.29 lakh|
|24 kWh||7.2 kW AC||XZ+||11.29 lakh|
|24 kWh||7.2 kW AC||XZ+ Tech LUX||11.79 lakh|
In terms of form factor and design, the Tiago.ev looks like your average small city car:
Now when it comes to the specs, you can’t expect too much from a $10,000 electric car. For example, it has the smallest battery pack of any all-electric car I’ve ever seen.
At 19 kWh, we have seen electric motorcycles with larger battery packs. Earlier this month I rode an electric jet ski with a significantly larger pack. Range Rover’s new 50-mile electric PHEV has twice the battery, although Hyundai squeezed 170 miles out of a 38kWh battery.
Still, Tata Motors claims that the Tiago.ev with a 19 kWh battery pack gets 250 km (155 miles) of range, but that’s on the Modified Indian Driving Cycle (MIDC). We expect the actual range to be shorter. Going 100 miles on a highway can be optimistic.
A version of the electric car with a larger 24 kWh battery pack would have as much as 315 km (194 miles) of range, according to Tata Motors. That’s the same energy capacity as the original Nissan Leaf’s battery pack, which only got 117 km (73 miles) of range, but it was a bigger vehicle.
Surprisingly, Tata offers DC fast charging on the Tiago.ev. It doesn’t specify the maximum peak charging speed, but it says it can “add 110 km of range with just 30 minutes of charging.”
You can’t expect too many features for a vehicle at that price, but the Tiago.ev comes with most of the basic features that people expect from modern vehicles.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in January 2023 and Tata Motors is accepting reservations now.
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