Tata Motors today rolled out the first batch of the Tigor Electric Vehicle (EV) at the hands of N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, from its Sanand facility in Gujarat. Present on this momentous occasion were Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors and members of the Tata Motors Executive Committee. The Tigor EVs are being manufactured for the Indian Government’s prestigious order of electric vehicles from the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), an entity under the Ministry of Power.
In the first phase of electric vehicle funding, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited. The company was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors won the tender and will now supply the Electric Vehicles (EVs) in two phases – first 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase. Tata Motors will supply its Tigor EV model to EESL by the end of 2018.
Tata Motor Limited quoted the lowest price of ₹10.16 Lakh exclusive of GST in the competitive bidding. The vehicle will be provided to EESL for ₹11.2 Lakh which will be inclusive of GST and comprehensive 5 year warranty which is 25 % below the current retail price of a similar electric vehicle with 3 year warranty.
Documents leaked from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) reveals that the Tigor’s electric motor produces 40 Bhp of peak power. It will be able to carry 5 passengers in a 2+3 layout. Gross vehicle weight of the Tigor Electric is rated at 1,516 kilograms, which is nearly 200 kilograms lower than that of the eVerito. Tata Motors has yet not revealed any official specifications about battery capacity and charge time.
“It is indeed a momentous occasion for us as we have shown an exemplary teamwork spirit to overcome all challenges in delivering this project. I also recognize the invaluable contribution made by Electra EV as part of this team. 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.” – Mr. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors.
Tata Motors had qualified as L1 bidder in the midst of stiff competition and won the tender of 10,000 electric cars floated by EESL in September 2017. For phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs, for which it has received a LoA. For an additional 100 cars, the LoA is expected to be issued shortly by EESL. The electric drive systems for this prestigious order have been developed and supplied by Electra EV – a company established to develop and supply electric drive systems for the automotive sector.
Source – Tata Motors.