The European development division of Tata Motors, the TMETC marks a further milestone in its development of electric vehicles with the launch of the Tiago EV concept. Based out of Coventry the TMETC has created the battery-electric variant of the Tata Tiago hatchback. This will be the fourth generation of compact electric vehicle delivered by the team over the past 10 years embodying learning from more than half a million kilometres of real-world use.
Based on the compact Tiago, which was launched in 2016 in the Indian market, the EV utilises a liquid-cooled 85 kW motor developing 200 Nm of torque driving the front wheels through a single speed gearbox. The design and energy storage capacity of the lithium ion battery pack has been optimised to ensure it fits well into the donor vehicle package whilst allowing convenient recharging at domestic electrical outlets available in the target markets.
The electric variant is based on the successful Tiago hatchbackThe new Tata is set to be revealed at the annual Low Carbon Vehicles event held at Millbrook Proving ground on 6th September. Onsite will be packaging experts, battery design and safety specialists, and e-drive system engineers to demonstrate and discuss the car.
In 2009, twenty-five Tata Vista EVs were supplied for the CABLED fleet trial in the West Midlands, resulting in significant knowledge on the durability of the key components and systems in UK conditions. The Bolt BEV concept was well received by visitors to the 2016 Low Carbon Vehicle event, and now using the Tiago EV it is planned to extend this in-market data collection to other territories in readiness for the accelerating global shift towards electric vehicles.
The company’s EV and hybrid capabilities will further be developed as moves in to its new home, the National Automotive Innovation Centre early in 2018. The centre located on the University of Warwick campus will bring together three industry leaders – TMETC, Jaguar Land Rover and Warwick Manufacturing Group – in a brand new 33,000 m2 facility to create and develop novel automotive technologies.