Although it is snail’s pace, India is warming up to the idea of electric mobility. India is still a long way away from electric cars becoming a mainstream mobility solution. Certainly, there are enthusiast early adopters have shown that there is a market for a product with right mix of decent features, range, assured performance and price. Mahindra, Hyundai and TATA Electric Cars are major lays in India.
Electric cars with commercial registration and priced below 15 lakh are eligible for benefits under FAME 2, which allows either incentives of up to 20% of the ex-factory price with a maximum cap of 3 lakh, or incentives of 10,000 per kWh on the battery capacity (whichever is lower).
This translates into a straight benefit of up to 3 lakh, apart from the already reduced GST rate of 5% on EVs, as against 28%, or more, on petrol and diesel cars.
Definitely these initiatives will bring some momentum in EV car segment.
Slowly electric cars are getting place on roads and parking lots. Tata the home grown auto giant aims to establish itself as the leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market in the country.
TATA Electric Cars journey
Tata Motors Limited is an Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Mumbai, India. Its products include passenger cars, trucks, buses, sports cars and military vehicles.
Tata motors has systematic plan for EV roll out and special focus on the same.
Till now Tata motors has launched 2 EVs. Tigor EV and Nexon EV are the Tata Electric cars division . In recent past ICE powered Tata Nexon is a success for Tata Motors. This vehicle has created its own place.
Tata Tigor EV
Initially launched Tigor EV booking was available to fleet owners and and government organizations as part of the EESL tender. Earlier version of Tigor EV had 16.2 kWh battery, offering a range of 142 km on a single charge.
The newer version of Tata electric car Tigor EV is available for private as well as commercial buyers in India. For the private buyer, it is available in three variants, XE+, XM+ and XT+. Prices of these fall in the range of Rs 13.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) to Rs 12.59 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The electric motor on the Tata Tigor EV offers 40 hp of power along with 105 Nm of peak torque. The battery pack offers a range of 213 km.
In this segment it has direct competition with Mahindra eVerito but Tigor sounds better in all aspects.
Tata Nexon EV
It’s second Tata Electric Car, Nexon EV after the Tigor EV and the first electric compact SUV in India. Tata Nexon electric is crossover in the true sense, a perfect blend of a sub-compact SUV’s tall stance with a hatchback like the curvy design. The Tata Nexon EV was launched with three variants with prices starting from Rs 13.99 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh, ex-showroom. Tata sells the SUV right now in only a few cities in India. As per ARAI certification, it delivers a range of 312 km. However, the assured range of 260 – 280 km seems attainable whereas the charging time is reported as 80 per cent in one hour with a fast charger.
The Nexon EV is the first electric vehicle from Tata Motors to be powered by the in-house Ziptron technology, which does a modular electric powertrain platform comprise a 129 PS permanent magnet AC motor powered by a 30.2 kWh dust and waterproof lithium ion battery. Tata
To extend support on EV charging infrastructure, Tata Power has already set up a network of about 100 charging stations and plans to scale this up 650 by March 2021.
In a outbreak of Corona in March, Tata managed to sell 198 Nexon EVs. In comparison, MG Motors managed to sell 116 units bigger ZS EV. Hyundai Kona might have sold fewer units or at par with the ZS.
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