Auto Expo 2020: The safest Indian electric hatchback: Altroz EV is here

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Feb 11 2020 Share this blog

Tata Altroz is the latest hatchback from Tata to get the EV treatment. It is simply called the Altroz EV and had earlier been revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show alongside the CI-engine Altroz. The one that has been displayed at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo is the production variant and varies a fair bit when compared to the concept showcased at Geneva last year.

The electric iteration of India’s safest hatchback gets a few subtle changes to differentiate itself from its gasoline form. On the outside, the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned. The front bumper has no go-through sections due to the absence of an IC engine and thus no cooling functionality is required. So, the bottom grille now gets completely sealed off with subtle tri-arrows embedded in it. The top portion which used to be a grille is now closed off and now has a solid black piece. It flaunts the Tata logo in chrome at the centre.

On the inside, there aren't many changes from the IC-engine Altroz on sale presently. It, however, gets blue accents to highlight the environmentally friendly ride and the Altroz EV also gets exclusive light upholstery. As it is devoid of a traditional gearbox, Altorz EV has a rotary gear selector and the showcase car also gets an electronic parking brake but we are not so sure of it making it to the final production model.

Tata has not disclosed on the powertrain details but it will surely use the inhouse developed Ziptron powertrain that comprises a permanent magnet AC motor that would power the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. There isn’t any detail of the battery pack rating but with the size it offers, we believe that Tata would pack it with a Lithium-Ion pack that can chunk out a range of about 300 km. The battery pack will also be able to charge to 80 % in about 60 minutes with Tata’s DC fast charging tech.

Tata is pushing forward with its EV line-up and is doing a pretty smart and commendable job at it. It is bringing in EVs based on vehicles that are already in the market and thus helps the automaker cut down on costs and thus helps curb the risk factor. Tata has slated four all-electric offerings to be launched in the next two years, of which the Altroz EV is one. The Nexon EV was launched recently and it was also showcased at the Auto Expo. Tata is also planning to bring out the all-electric variant of the production-spec HBX concept and the fourth one remains a mystery!

Also, read through other EVs that were showcased at the Auto Expo that includes Mahindra eKUV100, an electric XUV300, the nostalgic Tata Sierra Concept. Tata also wowed visitors with the muscular HBX concept which is 95% production-ready.