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Tata Motors has released a statement today, refuting the earlier news reports about the Tigor EV having inadequate driving range. The carmaker claims, there has been no such concerns.
According to the statement, Tata Motors stated, "Based on our interaction with customers and EESL, we have not heard range as a major concern."
According to Tata Motors, the average running for a personal use in a day is around 50 to 60km. Therefore a range of 130km on a full charge is more than sufficient to meet the daily requirement. Therefore, for the average daily usage, an overnight charge of the batteries is suitable. However, with a fast charging network, any further range concerns could be taken care of.
The company, although, did agree that a larger battery pack, could have provided a higher range for the vehicle. However, keeping the cost of Lithium-ion batteries in mind, it would have made the vehicle inaccessible for the Indian customers.
Tata Motors stated, "A higher range of 250 km and above would mean battery cost of more than Rs 7 lakh, which would take the electric cars price completely inaccessible for the majority of the Indian customers at the prevailing Li-ion battery prices."
They further added, "the biggest barrier to adoption of electric cars is the price of the car itself, and battery cost is the key variable determining the same. The specification chosen by EESL helped in keeping this aspect under control while choosing a range, which was good enough for the city use."
Tata Motors also said that the technology to deliver high performance and range is already available. However, the government has to first prioritize their stand towards electric vehicles. They can either work towards price and accessibility, or high performance with low demand.
The company further in the statement, mentioned, "Tata Motors is technologically ready to create a range of electric cars, which meet the requirement of various use cases. We have introduced our first product, Tigor EV, which is custom-made to the EESL tender."
"In the coming years, we will introduce products with higher range and performance to bring greater excitement in the Indian market for electric cars. Apparently, the price of such cars will be on the higher side driven by battery capacity and cost."
Thoughts On The EESL's Tender Agreement With Tata Motors
Tata Motors has signed a tender agreement with EESL, to provide 10,000 Tigor EVs. The company has already delivered 150 units. By 2019, Tata Motors plans to fulfil the delivery of the remaining number.
Tata Motors is committed to the government's vision of e-mobility by 2030. They are continuously working towards faster adoption of EVs in India.