The video posted on social platforms features Tata Nexon EV with Formula One driver Narayan Karthikeyan behind the wheel. The teaser reveals the new car featuring the company's Ziptron powertrain. The Ziptron technology was first introduced with Tata Nexon EV.
The Tigor EV, an electric sub-compact sedan was introduced for government authorities and fleet operators a few years ago. It was made available for private buyers back in 2019 but didn't gather many buyers due to its limited range and other performance issues.The Tigor EV with Ziptron technology will address these concerns.
The Ziptron powered cars come with a high-voltage 300+ volt permanent magnet synchronous electric motor which is much more powerful than the 72V AC induction-type motor available on the current Tigor EV. Tata Motors previously claimed the Ziptron vehicles are capable of running at least 250 km range on a single charge. Expect the new Tigor EV to get a similar range.
Along with the performance and range improvements the teaser also shows that it gets projector headlamps, bumper integrated LED DRL's. The alloy wheels will get blue accents. Fast charging will be a feature to look forward to.
The cost will be a major factor. If it can be in the segment of 10L or cheaper than Nexon EV then Tata Motors will have successfully made a dent in the EV market in India.
The Tigor was a good launch pad for Tata - with its government contract. One of the big reasons for its lack of popularity has been its poor range. You cannot sell cars with 150 km range any more. E2O pioneers were ready to live with 100 km, their predecessors - the Reva owners - lived with 50 km, but 200 km is the new doubling. A kind of Moore’s law in action - although I think most people will be ok with 500 km range. So one more doubling should be good enough. Tata’s 250 km claim needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Nexon gives a realistic 150-200 km with an ARAi certified range of 300 km. Will Tigor Ziptron be 120-150 km realistic? If so, then cholbe naa. The battery pack size should be a good indicator. If they do use the 30 Kwh pack of the Nexon, then a 250 km real life range can be expected, as the Tigor is a much lighter car than the Nexon. And if the price point is around 10 lakh, there should be interest. What will need to be seen is how battery placement happens in the car. Nexon has enough real estate to put the entire pack below the floor board. That gives it great handling as the center of gravity goes lower. Will they do that with the Tigor? Let’s hope so. We have been invited by TML team to Mumbai for the launch - hope that they will live up to our expectations.