The Tata Altroz EV, initially showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and again in 2020, is set to launch in India, nearly five years after its first concept display. Despite its earlier unveiling, Tata Motors has faced challenges in its development, particularly with the battery pack. This issue caused a delay in its release, following the launch of the Nexon EV.
Why the Tata Altroz EV Launch Was Postponed
In our June 2021 issue, it was reported that Tata Motors encountered significant obstacles while developing the Altroz EV. The main issue was fitting the battery pack under the car's floor, which reduced the ground clearance by about 20mm to 145mm. Adjusting the car's height to regain this lost clearance was not feasible, as it would have altered the car's design too much, making it resemble a crossover rather than a hatchback.
Tata Altroz EV Scheduled for 2025 Launch
After a period of silence regarding the Altroz EV, Tata Motors shifted its focus to launching the Tiago EV and Punch EV. However, Shailesh Chandra, the Managing Director of Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicle Business, recently confirmed that the Altroz EV is back on track for a launch in 2025. This update was shared alongside the release of the Tata Punch EV. Chandra also mentioned other upcoming models based on the Acti.EV architecture, including the Curvv, Harrier, Sierra, and Altroz, all set to debut by 2025. It appears that Tata has resolved the earlier battery packaging problem.
Expected Features of the Tata Altroz EV
The Altroz EV is expected to share similar features with the Punch EV, including the battery size (ranging from 25kWh to 35kWh) and a comparable range of 315-421km as per ARAI ratings. The power output of the Altroz EV’s motor is likely to match the Punch EV's range of 82-122hp. Despite potential overlaps in pricing between the Altroz and Punch EVs (around Rs 10.99 lakh to Rs 15.49 lakh, ex-showroom in India), Tata aims to cater to different customer segments with these models, minimizing the risk of one model affecting the sales of the other.
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