As the Indian government plans to make electric vehicles mainstream by the year 2030, car manufacturers are all putting their hats into the ring. Among them is Tata Motors, which is set to unveil the Tiago Electric version. The car is likely to be unveiled at LCV (2017) that kicks off on September 6 at Bedford, UK, Financial Express reports. The unveiling of electric Tiago has been hinted by a tweet from Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary. Also Read - Tata’s first electric SUV 'Nexon EV' launched in India at starting Rs 13.99 lakh
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Tata Motors is not only developing a Tiago electric version, but is also working on cheaper batteries that ought to make the EVs affordable as well as accessible. Since Tata acquired Jaguar Land Rover, it has been constantly evolving, and this has been clearly evident from the new crop of products — Tigor, Hexa.
However, this is not the first attempt from Tata at developing electric vehicles. The company had earlier showcased the Bolt EV concept in the UK. Bolt was powered by an 80kW electric motor, which developed 240Nm of torque, and had a single-speed gearbox offering only 100km of travel in a single charge. But unlike the half baked Bolt EV, Tiago is expected to have a better range. The car is expected to first be sold in the European market, followed by a launch in India as well. RELATED: Electric cars in India: Here s what needs to change to make it a reality
Once the Tiago EV enters India towards the end of 2018, there will be an option for the eco-warriors, who currently just have options like Mahindra e2o Plus or eVerito electric sedan. Prices for these cars start from Rs 7.57 lakh (ex-showroom). Tata Tiago Electric has a much more rounded off design, and with a competitive price tag, it might become a fillip to EV adoption in India. ALSO READ: Forget Tesla, here are 6 green cars that you can buy in India right now