Tata Motors, the Indian automaker, has launched a new small all-electric hatchback priced from just $10,000.

The Indian automobile market is lagging behind its peers when it comes to electrification.

This is due to many factors, not the least of which is the fact that the country has strict protectionist laws when it comes to its auto industry, making it difficult for foreign automakers to launch new cars in the country without manufacturing them there.

Tesla has tried several times to launch in Indiabut politics prevented them from doing so without building a factory in the country.

This means that India must primarily rely on its own auto industry to electrify its passenger cars and eliminate emissions from the transportation industry.

Tata Motors, India’s largest car manufacturer, has launched several electric vehicles and has put about 45,000 of them on Indian roads.

Now, the company is launching a new cheaper electric car that could significantly accelerate the adoption of electric cars in India.

Today, the automaker is launching Tiago.ev, and the big headline is that the price of the electric car starts at just ~$10,000.

Here are all the variants of the Tata Motors Tiago.ev with a starting price of Rs 8.49 lakh, which is equivalent to around USD 10,000:

Accumulator Charging option Option Entry price
(in INR, all India – ex-showroom)
19.2 kWh 3.3 kW AC XE 8.49 lakh
19.2 kWh 3.3 kW AC XT 9.09 Lakh
24 kWh 3.3 kW AC XT 9.99 lakh
24 kWh 3.3 kW AC XZ+ 10.79 lakh
24 kWh 3.3 kW AC XZ+ Tech LUX 11.29 Lakh
24 kWh 7.2 kW AC XZ+ 11.29 Lakh
24 kWh 7.2 kW AC XZ+ Tech LUX 11.79 Lakh

In terms of form factor and design, the Tiago.ev looks like a regular small city car:

When it comes to specs, you can’t expect too much from a $10,000 electric car. For example, it has the smallest battery of any all-electric car I’ve ever seen.

At 19kWh, we’ve seen electric motorcycles with larger batteries. Earlier this month I rode an electric jet ski with a much larger package.

However, Tata Motors claims that the Tiago.ev with its 19kWh battery packs a range of 250km (155 miles), but that’s on the Modified Indian Driving Cycle (MIDC). We expect the range to be less in the real world.

According to Tata Motors, the 24 kWh battery-electric version will have a range of up to 315 km (194 miles). That’s the same energy capacity as the original Nissan Leaf battery pack, which only offered 117 km (73 miles) of range, but it was a bigger car.

Surprisingly, Tata is offering DC fast charging on the Tiago.ev. It doesn’t specify a maximum charging speed, but says it can “add 110km of range in just 30 minutes of charging”.

You can’t expect too many features from a car at this price, but the Tiago.ev has most of the basic features that people expect from modern cars.

Deliveries are scheduled for January 2023 and Tata Motors is accepting bookings now.

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