Though Tata Motors hasn’t divulged any detail about the upcoming electric version of Tiago hatchback, rumours have circulated that the company might commence its production, as early as the end of next-month (August-2017).
Citing an insider, a Team-BHP report says that Tata’s plan to initially focus on export markets and later launch the Tiago electric hatchback in India. It is likely to borrow quite lot components from the Bolt BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) prototype, the electric version of the Bolt hatchback, thus, we expect it to be christened as ‘Tata Tiago BEV’.
As of now, nothing much is known about the powertrain that will be used to power the upcoming Tiago electric. However, the earlier reports suggested that the Tiago’s low-cost platform should help Tata Motors in offsetting some of the costs of the battery and other related components to price it competitively.
Leading the development of the new Tiago BEV is UK-based Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) R&D facility that has been heading the automaker’s work on all-electric powertrains for a few years now (including the Bolt BEV), and is now testing a fully electric bus for an eventual roll-out soon.
With the GST effective from 1 July 2017, the high taxes are levied on all hybrid and electric vehicles making the Tiago BEV to be priced costlier in the home country. With the benefits taken away, sources have revealed that the company has decided to test its first all-electric car initially in overseas market, before introducing in the Indian market.
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