Tata Motors is gearing up to launch several EVs in the coming years including the Altroz EV. The premium hatchback is rumoured to feature 500 kms of range. This will be the Indian brand’s fourth electric vehicle in the country after Tiago EV, Tigor EV, and the ever-popular Nexon EV.
The new Altroz EV will also be the first car from the brand to be based on the ALFA platform, and like the Nexon, the battery pack will be liquid-cooled for maintaining ideal efficiency. The new electric-only variant of the Altroz will be launched in the coming months and will use the brand’s ‘Ziptron’ electric powertrain. Even though this powertrain also powers the Nexon EV, for the upcoming Altroz EV, Tata Motors could add an additional battery pack for additional range.
According to Tata Motors, the new battery pack will add 20-40% more range to the vehicle for a total of 500kms of range on a single charge. Since the Tata Altroz EV will pack a larger battery pack compared to Nexon EV, expect longer charging times. However, it is unclear whether Tata will make any changes to charging hardware to improve the charging rate.
Expect the Nexon EV to also get a similar battery pack for improved range as well as better standardisation of parts for easier manufacturing. As of now, the Tata Nexon EV packs in a 30.2 kWh battery pack with a 127bhp electric motor. In this specification, the Nexon EV delivers 312 kms of range on a single charge as per ARAI.
Also, the new Tata Altroz EV will benefit from the Government of India’s FAME-II benefits, this will bring down the Altroz EVs price from the expected Rs 12 lakh to just Rs 10 lakh for the base variant. Apart from the introduction of EVs the company is working towards improving the charging infrastructure in the country.
According to the latest deal between Tata Power and HPCL, the automaker’s sister company will set up high-powered charging stations at HPCL outlets across the country. The new Altroz EV will be the country’s first premium hatchback with an all-electric powertrain and is aggressively priced and will be an interesting proposition to many urban commuters.
Tata Motors is in an aggressive EV campaign to launch as many as 10 new EVs by 2025. The new Altroz EV is just one of those 10 new EVs Tata will add to its portfolio.