Can The Tata Punch EV Offer More Range Than The Tata Nexon EV?
For it to become a reality, the Tata Punch EV will have to undergo a few powertrain updates, as we saw with the Nexon EV facelift
The Tata Punch, ever since it was conceptualised, was meant to get an all-electric version as well. It is based on the ALFA-ARC platform which is capable of electrification, and EVs based on this architecture were said to offer a claimed range of around 300-350km. However, fresh reports have surfaced online that suggest the all-electric Punch could offer a claimed range of over 500km, even more than the facelifted Tata Nexon EV Long Range that promises up to 465km from a full battery.
What Did Tata Motors Have To Say?
In a recent interview with The Hindu Businessline, Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, said, “You will start seeing higher range vehicles such as Punch ev, Harrier ev, and Curvv. The range of these vehicles will be 500-plus km so that customers need not worry about charging when they travel for long distances amid improving charging infrastructure on highways.”
He also said, “As the battery prices are coming down, Tata Motors seeks to take advantage of price reduction opportunity to increase the range in its EVs and also change the type of the vehicles from Generation 1 platform to Generation 2 platform. There will be a deeper focus on maximising utilisation of battery pack energy to accommodate more range.”
Details Of Upcoming Tata EVs
In 2022, Tata debuted Gen2 and Gen3 architectures for its upcoming range of EVs. While Gen1 platform referred to internal combustion engine (ICE) models going the all-electric route, Gen2 is more focussed on EV compatibility than their ICE versions compared to Gen1.
Factors That Could Change The Game
There could be a variety of decisions that would push the Punch EV’s claimed range higher than originally expected. First and most important factor could be Tata’s decision to offer it with a substantially larger battery pack (similar to the larger Nexon EV), for a claimed range in the whereabouts of 500km.
Another factor that could play out in the Punch’s favour is its smaller dimensions, although it’s not exactly very aerodynamic in shape. Compared to the Nexon EV, the Punch EV might be lighter as well with the new-generation EV powertrains (includes electric motor, inverter and battery pack).
The other possible reasons for the increased range could be a bit more technical. Tata might either provide the Punch EV with a more efficient electric motor as was seen with the Nexon EV facelift, which increased range by more than 10km even though the battery capacity remained the same. It may sacrifice some performance in favour of range, which would make it a better city car.
The next possible factor could come down to improving the energy efficiency of the Punch EV’s battery pack with the latest battery chemistry for increased energy density, as Volvo did with the C40 Recharge to give its claimed range a jump of 112km over the XC40 Recharge upon which it is based.
When Does It Arrive?
We expect the carmaker to launch the Punch EV either before 2023 ends or in early 2024. Its prices are likely to start from Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). Its only direct competitor will be the Citroen eC3, while it will serve as a premium option to the Tata Tiago EV and MG Comet EV.
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