Betting big on electric mobility, Tata Motors is gearing up to drive in a range of models across multiple price points as it expects the portfolio to account for more than 30 percent of its overall sales by the end of this decade.The home-grown auto major also aims to keep investing on new models with conventional (petrol, diesel) and CNG powertrains as it expects the demand to remain robust even after 2030.
On Tuesday, Tata Motors expanded its electric vehicle portfolio in the country with the launch of Tiago EV with introductory prices for first 10,000 customers ranging between Rs. 8.49 to Rs. 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom).
The company said 2,000 units will be reserved for the current owners of Nexon EV and Tigor EV.
Tiago EV is now the most accessible electric passenger vehicle brand in the country and also the most affordable in the company’s electric vehicle range.
Tata Motors already sells Tigor EV and Nexon EV in the domestic market priced between Rs. 12.49 and Rs. 19.84 lakh (ex-showroom). With the launch of Tiago EV, Tata Motors is scaling up its electric sales network in the country to 165 cities from 90 locations currently to cater to expected increase in demand.
In an interaction with PTI, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Managing Director Shailesh Chandra said the auto major is deploying a three-pronged architecture approach for electric vehicles to come up with a portfolio of ten products in five years.
The company will have products based out of its existing nameplates as well as all new ground-up models to cater to changing requirements of customers, he added.
“We will have a portfolio of products starting from Tiago EV and also go beyond Nexon, so we will have these ten products at different price points,” Chandra said.
There might be an electric product between Tiago and Nexon as well, he hinted.
The automaker sells models like premium hatchback Altroz and Punch which fall in the price category of Tiago and Nexon.
“Everything will come in a space of say one to two products every year,” Chandra stated.
The company expects to touch 50,000 units mark in total EV sales this year.
When asked about the company’s product strategy going ahead, he noted, “By end of this decade, government expects electric passenger vehicle sales to account for 30 percent of the overall sales. We will be above that (30 percent mark).”
Last year, Tata Motors announced that it will raise $1 billion (nearly Rs. 8,200 crore) in its passenger electric vehicle (EV) business from TPG Rise Climate in exchange for compulsorily convertible preference shares to create a portfolio of EVs and dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platforms.
“Having pioneered the EV market in India, we now believe that it is the right time to fast forward the ongoing revolution towards the future of mobility by introducing vehicles which will encourage rapid adoption of EVs,” he said.
Bookings for the model will open on October 10 and deliveries are expected to commence from January next year, he added.
Currently, Nexon EV sales stand at 3,000-3,500 units per month while Tigor EV dispatches are in the range of 1,000-13,00 units, roughly accounting for 20-25 percent of the overall sales across both brands.
The company may also look at separate service network for the electric models going ahead.