Tata Motors has delivered the first batch of Tigor Electric Vehicles to the state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The deliveries are done as a part of their initiative to procure 10,000 electric vehicles between Tata Motors and EESL. The keys of the Tigor EVs have been handed over to Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, accompanied by the senior management teams from both the companies.
Tata Motors had qualified as L1 bidder in the midst of stiff competition and won the tender floated by EESL in September 2017. For phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs. The first batch of Tata Tigor EV rolled out from the company’s Gujarat plant earlier this month.
Commenting on the occasion, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said, ‘‘This initiative of the Government of India to procure 10,000 electric vehicles is a bold step in terms of promoting green & sustainable transport solutions. We, at Tata Motors are extremely proud to be part of this project and are supportive of the Government’s transformational vision of auto electrification in India. With Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and will offer a full range of electric vehicles to the Indian customers. This tender has effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the vision of the Government.’’
The fully electric, zero emission styleback and built on the existing passenger vehicles portfolio of Tata Motors, Tata Tigor EV will be delivered in three trim variants - Base, Premium and High as per the order placed by EESL. The sedan will only be available in 'Pearlescent White' colour with blue decals. In order to provide maximum comfort to its occupants, the Tigor EV, across the variants would have FATC (Fully Automatic AC) over the basic requirements of the tender.
The Tigor Electric is a sub-4 meter compact sedan with seating for five adults. Tata Tigor EV is equipped with a single speed, automatic transmission and according to a leaked report, there’s a 29.8 kW (39.95 hp) electric motor in the Tigor EV. The Tigor EV is developed and supplied by Electra EV. It will have a range of 120-150 kilometers on a full charge. The batteries support a fast-charging method, which allows the batteries to charge up to 80 % in just 90 minutes.
Although, the automaker plans to offer the Tigor EV to private buyers in India if there is sufficient demand, currently, the car is meant only for the Indian government. Apart from Tigor, Tata Motors is also working on manufacturing other EVs in the country. At present, the automaker is busy manufacturing the Nano EV, being built for Ola, an App-based cab aggregator by a company called Jayem Automotive from Coimbatore. The Nano EV’s bodyshell will be supplied by Tata, and Jayem will add the electric powertrain, and sell the finished EV to Ola. The Nano EV has been branded the Neo EV. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on Tata Motors EVs.