Tata Motors could develop a dedicated EV platform

Tata Motors, India’s biggest automaker by value, is readying to launch the electric version of the H5X SUV in early 2019 and the 45X hatchback in late 2019.

This if the electric vehicle (EV) mobility in Asia’s third biggest economy picks up pace and accounts for 20-25 per cent of the overall sales by 2026.

Guenter Butschek, CEO and managing director at Tata Motors said if electric vehicle sales pick up momentum and account for about 20-25 per cent of overall sales, then the Mumbai-based automaker has its roadmap ready. It could develop its dedicated EV platform to roll out electric vehicles. At present, sales of electric vehicles in the country are miniscule.

Tata Motors has already forayed into the passenger electric vehicle space with the Tigor EV, which was rolled out in December as a part of its order to supply electric vehicles to the government-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

After teasing the styling of its new SUV concept, the company finally uncovered the model called the H5X, a new SUV, jointly developed by Tata Motors and its UK-based luxury car maker the Jaguar Land Rover.

The production version of the SUV will be the first Tata product to carry the new Impact Design 2.0 design language. The production SUV will be built on Land Rover’s L550 platform and will be available in five- and seven-seat versions.

The Tata 45X premium hatchback concept showcased at the motor show will take on rival the Hyundai i20 in India when launched in 2019.

The Tata Nexon AMT also debuted at the motor show will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Slated to be launched this year, it will take on popular Vitara Brezza compact SUV.