Tata Motors has bagged an order from the government to supply 10,000 EVs. According to a report from Autocar Professional, the company will most likely deliver the Tata Tigor in an EV variant.
In bidding for the big order of EVs from the government, Tata Motors quoted the lowest price of INR 10.16 lakh (excluding GST). The price quoted by Tata Motors includes a five-year warranty. Including GST, the price jumps to INR 11.2 lakh. It is still 25% lesser than the retail price of a similar EV with a 3-year warranty.
In a statement about the recently inked deal with the government, the company said:
Tata Motors has been collaboratively working to develop electric powertrain technology for its selected products. EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Ltd) tender provided us the opportunity to participate in boosting e-mobility in the country, at the same time accelerate our efforts to offer full range of electric vehicles to the Indian consumers.
Mahindra and Nissan were also in the competition. EESL had modified the terms of the tender document by changing the body style acceptable from ‘sedan’ to ‘car’ and the length acceptable from 4 metres+ to 3,990-4,980 mm.
Tata Motors will supply the 10,000 EVs to the government in two phases. In the first phase, the company will supply 500 EVs in November 2017. The remaining 9,500 units will be delivered later.
The Tata Tigor EV would likely have characteristics of the Tata Tiago EV. The pure electric hatchback was unveiled at LCV 2017 in the UK this month. Its electric motor generates 85 kW (113.94 hp) and 200 Nm of torque and gets its power from a lithium-ion battery pack which provides a range of 100 km on a full charge. The Tiago EV can reach from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in under 11 seconds in the 'Sport' mode and hit a top speed of 135 km/h.
[Source: Autocar Professional]