Recently, Tata Motors won Government’s bid of 10,000 electric cars and now the first batch of all-electric version of their car Tigor has rolled out from the Sanand manufacturing facility in Gujarat. This batch of 250 electric cars is meant for the Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL), and hence it is not available for common people to buy.
The first batch of e-Tigor was flagged off by Tata Group’s Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and Chairman N Chandrasekaran from the Sanand manufacturing plant on Wednesday. With this launch, Tata has begun their journey in boosting e-mobility and offering a full range of electric vehicles to the Indian customers. Although this batch will be delivered to the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), an entity under the Ministry of Power – under the deal of 10,000 electric cars bided in May, but the company is expected to launch the electric cars for common public too.
As of now, Tata Motor’s Sanand unit is being used to manufacture e-Tigors to fulfil EESL’s 10000 car tender. This was a part of government’s plan to own a completely electric fleet by 2030 in order to cut oil imports as well as emission levels. This means that the electric Tata Tigor will be available for government use only for the time being. The goal here is to replace all petrol and diesel cars currently used by the central government and its agencies over a three-four years. Priced at Rs 10.16 lakh for every unit of Tata Tigor EV to the government, we can expect to get a glimpse of the e-Tigor meant for open markets in the Auto Expo 2018 next year.
While the dimensions and design of Tata Tigor EV are kept same as the regular Tigor, the electric engine is 139.95 hp, a little more powerful that 113 hp seen on the Tata Tiago EV. This electric car was developed by Tata in collaboration with Electra EV, a firm which deals with every aspect of electric mobility solutions. It is believed that Tata and Electra are working on developing Tata Nano’s electric version, but again, the electric Nano will not be available for common people right away, as it will be deployed as a part of Ola’s Delhi-NCR fleet.