Tata Motors will show off its punch EV at Auto Expo 2023 and it should be near production. We also learned that a fully electric version of Punch will enter production around June 2023 and be released during next year’s festive season.
Tata Punch EV: What to Expect?
Unlike Tata’s existing electric vehicles, which convert directly from ICE to EV, the Punch EV is based on the new Sigma architecture, which is essentially a heavily modified version of the ALFA platform. The ALFA architecture powers the ICE-powered Punch and Altroz hatchbacks, and was in fact designed from the ground up with electrification in mind.
The Sigma architecture therefore sees changes such as the removal of the transmission tunnel and revised fuel tank space to create a flat floor for the large battery pack. The redesigned platform is optimized for electrification. That said, Sigma-powered models are likely to be lighter, more energy efficient, and more space-efficient than EV-converted ICE cars.
We already reported the Auto Expo debut of the Punch EV in the confidential section of the September 2022 issue of Autocar India magazine.
The Punch EV will likely use a powertrain setup similar to Tata’s existing EVs, with a permanent magnet synchronous motor powering the front wheels, although exact battery specs are still unknown. Tata Motors can offer a variety of battery pack options (as is the case with the Nexon, Tiago and Tigor EV) to position vehicles at different price points.
Elsewhere, the Punch EV will receive cosmetic updates like revised bumpers, color accents, and new wheels to set it apart from the ICE. Likewise, the interior can be decorated with similar highlights along with an updated equipment list.
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Tata Punch EV: Estimated price
It will be interesting to see how Tata positions its punch EV within its existing electric vehicle lineup. Depending on the powertrain, there may be some price overlap with the Tigor EV, but it will be positioned above the Tiago EV. If there is a price gap between the Tiago EV and its ICE siblings, the Punch EV’s starting price will be Rs 1 lakh-1.5 lakh higher than the top-of-the-line Punch AMT.
Tata Punch CNG is also likely to be in the cards.
Tata is following a multi-powertrain strategy to maximize the volume of its existing product line. Models like the Tiago and Tigor are currently available with three fuel options: petrol, CNG and electric, and following the Punch EV, a CNG version could also be on the cards.
Earlier this year, Tata Motors showed off two electric vehicle concepts, the Curvv and the Avinya, which will also be on display at Auto Expo 2023. The former is based on the Gen 2 of the Nexon EV platform, while the latter is based on the groundless EV skateboard architecture. Together with Sigma, these two platforms will cover all of Tata Motors’ bases in the EV space by 2030.