Tata Motors has finally rolled out the first batch of the Tata Tigor Electric Vehicle from its Sanand Plant in Gujarat. Manufactured for the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), an entity under the Ministry of Power, Tata Motors will be providing 10,000 electric cars and in phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs, for which it has received a letter of authority (LoA). Also, the LoA is expected to be issued shortly by EESL for the additional 100 cars as well.
The first batch was flagged off by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, in the presence of Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group, Guenter Butschek, CEO and MD, Tata Motors. Commenting on the roll out, N Chandrasekaran said, "This occasion is a significant milestone for Tata Motors and a proud moment for the entire team. As we work together to build the future of e-mobility in India, I am confident that our customers will respond very favorably to this electric model. I congratulate the entire Tata Motors team for this commendable achievement and wish them the very best as they go forward on this journey."
While the Tigor EV looks identical to the standard Tata Tigor, the only change comes in terms of the moniker at the grille that says 'EV'. But the biggest noticeable change is the powertrain of the hatchback. The car gets an electric drive system developed and supplied by Electra EV - a company established to develop and supply electric drive systems for the automotive sector. According to the company, it is committed to the Government's vision for electric vehicles by 2030 and will work to build a sustainable future for India.
Also, speaking at the occasion, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, "With Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and offering 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."
While, Electric powertrain specialist Electra EV has developed and supplied the electric drive systems for the Tigor EV. The firm is also the supplier of the 48-Volt electric system in the recently announced ‘Neo’, Tata's Nano-based EV produced by Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives. However, the Tigor EV is currently supplied to EESL only. Whether Tata Motors will also sell the Tigor EV to the masses remains to be seen. Also, Tata Motors quoted the lowest price in a bid of Rs 11.2 lakh to bag the tender, which was later matched by Mahindra & Mahindra. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.