Tata launches elec­tric sport util­ity ve­hi­cle

The Punch - - INDUSTRY -

TATA Mo­tors has launched an elec­tric SUV, the Nexon ev, de­scrib­ing it as “an as­pi­ra­tional SUV for per­sonal car buy­ers look­ing for a thrilling, con­nected drive ex­pe­ri­ence with zero emis­sions”.

The Nexon ev to be launched this month is ex­pected to be priced from INR1,500,000 (£16,000).

The car would have a war­ranty of eight years or 160,000km (100,000 miles) on its bat­tery and mo­tor, said the au­tomaker.

The Chief ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Tata Mo­tors, Guenter Butschek, said, “Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing our cut­ting-edge ev tech­nol­ogy, Zip­tron, we are thrilled to un­veil the first EV fea­tur­ing this tech­nol­ogy – the Nexon ev.

“This is a high per­for­mance, con­nected ve­hi­cle that is uniquely suited to ad­dress the aspi­ra­tions of In­dian cus­tomers and break all bar­ri­ers for ev adop­tion.

“We are con­fi­dent that this de­vel­op­ment will mark an im­por­tant mile­stone in In­dia’s elec­tri­fi­ca­tion jour­ney, and fur­ther re­in­force our com­mit­ment to­wards de­vel­op­ing sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions.”

Tata said the ve­hi­cle would have a seven inch Har­man in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Carplay.

The pow­er­train is a 129Ps per­ma­nent mag­net AC mo­tor pow­ered by a 30.2kwh lithium-ion bat­tery.

The mo­tor pro­duces 245Nm of torque from a stand­still, en­abling ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.9 sec­onds.

The dust and wa­ter proof bat­tery pack is liq­uid cooled for In­dian con­di­tions and placed un­der­neath the ve­hi­cle body, giv­ing the SUV a cen­ter of grav­ity more akin to that of a sedan or a hatch­back.

Ac­cord­ing to the firm, the ve­hi­cle comes with two drive mode op­tions - Drive & sport.

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