Tata’s assault on the Indian personal EV space will continue with the launch of the Altroz EV, an all-electric version of the Altroz premium hatchback. The Altroz was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Built from scratch to be an electric car, the Altroz’s platform and powertrain are better integrated than some other EVs in the market.
The powertrain is the same as the Nexon EV, a single 95kw electric motor powers the front wheels and draws energy from a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery. Tata stated that the Altroz will have an ambitious target for range on a single charge, which should be more than the Nexon’s ARAI-certified 312km range. 0-80 per cent charge should take about an hour when plugged in to a fast charger.
Visually, the Altroz EV is not too different from its non-EV version. An exclusive Teal Blue paint option, electric blue accents around the car, a redesigned front air-dam and the lack of a tail-pipe are the differentiating features on the outside. Inside, the lack of a mechanical gearbox and gear lever free up space in the front. The centre console is split in two, with a floating cubby space on the dashboard and a gear-selector dial in front of the armrest.
Timeline for the launch of the Altroz EV has not been stated, it is expected to launch sometime in 2021 if all goes according to plan.