Tata Motors unveiled the XPRES-T EV, a new electric sedan under the XPRES nameplate, on Wednesday, only for fleet customers. The new XPRES-T Electric Sedan is priced at Rs. 9.54 lakh, according to a statement from the automaker, thanks to the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (Fame) subsidized pricing. Continue reading to discover more about the Tata Motors XPRES-T Electric sedan.
The EV movement in India also comes at a time when climate change is a clear and present risk, as stated by the UN’s IPCC report, which has indicated that extreme weather events would have an impact on lives, livelihoods, and enterprises in India and South Asia.
Tata Motors XPRES-T Electric sedan
Tata XPres-T is primarily a facelifted Tigor electric car for the business market. It is the same Tigor EV as before, but with no ZIPTRON powertrain and a smaller battery pack. The XPRES-T EV, in contrast to private electric four-wheelers like Nexon EV and Tigor EV, is qualified for the FAME II subsidy.
Tata Tigor EV, branded XPRES-T EV, belongs to the XPRES brand, which is available only to fleet clients. Each of the two battery options has two variations, giving it a total of four possibilities. The XPRES T 165 XM has priced at Rs 9.54 lakh, while the XZ is priced at Rs 10.04 lakh. XPRES T 213 XM+ costs Rs. 10.14 lakh, while XZ+ trim costs Rs. 10.64 lakh. These are the net prices after Fame Subsidy.
XPRES-T EV will have an optimal battery size and captive fast charging solution targeted at mobility services, corporate and government fleet customers, which will ensure outstandingly low cost of ownership in addition to safety and passenger comfort, making it a comprehensive and appealing proposition for fleet owners and operators, according to the statement.
This comes in the wake of the state-owned EESL being assigned demand aggregation of electric three-wheeler and electric bus components under the government’s 10,000 crore Fame scheme. Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a subsidiary of the company, intends to have 200,000 two-wheeled electric cars (EVs) and 300,000 three-wheeled EVs across India.
The XPRES-T EV looks a lot like a redesigned Tigor. To signify its electric power, it gets blue highlights on its now-closed front grille and dashboard. Apart from this distinguishing feature, the external elements are similar, with EV badges on the front, sides, and back.
Harman-sourced infotainment, USB, Bluetooth, and automatic temperature control are all included in the all-black interior. Dual airbags, rear parking sensors, power windows, and a choice of Eco or Sport modes all contribute to the vehicle’s safety. ABS and EBD are included as standard equipment. Interiors remain unaltered as well, with a 2-DIN infotainment system, electrically adjustable ORVMs, and a remote locking system.
With two range choices of 213 kilometers and 165 kilometers, the new XPRES-T electric sedan is equipped with batteries with a high energy density of 21.5 kWh and 16.5kWh (ARAI certified range under test conditions). A 72V, 3-phase induction motor with a power output of 40 horsepower and a torque of 105 Nm will provide the necessary power. However, the claimed range is ARAI approved, and in practice, it will be far less than what is promised.
For the smaller 16.5 kWh battery pack, charging takes 90 minutes, and for the larger 21.5 kWh battery pack, it takes 110 minutes while utilizing 15kW fast charging. However, it takes 11.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100% using any domestic 15A plug connection.
The warranty for the XPRES-T is 3 years or 1,25,000 kilometers. This model is only going to be offered in White, and it has a 255-liter boot space.
As a result of India’s Green Initiative, Tata Motors’ fleet includes approximately 1,700 electric vehicles. With Tata Power’s full captive charging system, Tata’s new XPRES-T EV sedan will set a new standard for urban shared mobility. Tata Motors has said that it aims to expand its electric vehicle lineup by 10 additional models by 2025.
Tata Tigor EV
Tata Motors unveiled its all-new Tigor EV last month, equipped with a Tata Motors Ziptron powertrain. It’s fitted with liquid-cooled power electronics to get the most out of the system’s available resources. It is the company’s second electric vehicle using Ziptron technology. Tata Tigor EV pre-orders are already open, and sales will begin on August 31.
Its motor has a maximum power of 55 kW and a maximum torque of 170 Nm, according to the data provided by the manufacturer. When fully charged, the 26 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows it to go from 0 to 60 kmph in 5.7 seconds.
To help fund its new electric vehicle business, the firm stated that it is in discussions to raise up to $1 billion in funding. Numerous major private equity companies, including Blackstone Group, TPG Capital, and KKR & Co., have been approached, and the company is also in the process of appointing an adviser and is in negotiations with several global investment banks.
Increasing interest in EVs
The Maharashtra EV Policy 2021 has been released. Incentives for the usage of electric vehicles include tax benefits, rebates, and other benefits for owners of all vehicle types, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses. Each of them would receive incentives at a rate of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity.
In addition, these incentive programs will promote the construction of charging infrastructure throughout the state. Compared to vehicles powered by IC engines, electric vehicles have lower lifetime ownership costs. They’re also low-maintenance and in high demand right now, given the recent spike in fuel prices. These EVs are perfect for city-to-city transportation.