Tata confirms it is working on a Tata Punch EV for India, could launch in 2023

The Tata Punch EV could become India's first electric micro-SUV...

  • Tata Motors gives approval to Tata Punch EV project 
  • The Tata Punch EV could hit Indian roads in 2023 and will be based on the existing ALFA platform
  • The Punch EV is likely to utilise the high-voltage Ziptron electric drivetrain

Tata Motors has given the go-ahead to its Tata Punch EV project which could become the first electric micro-SUV in the country. The project which has long been under speculation will finally get to see the light of day as top executive Vivek Srivatsa of Tata Passenger and Electric Mobility has confirmed the company’s plans to launch the product soon. Tata Motors currently has four EV models in its lineup, namely, the Tata Tiago EV, the Tata Tigor EV, the Tata Nexon EV Prime and the Tata Nexon EV MAX. 

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Tata approves Tata Punch EV, which could debut soon

Tata Motors has given the green light to the Tata Punch EV project based on the Tata Punch ICE-powered small SUV. The electric Tata Punch could become India’s first EV micro-SUV and is likely to sit alongside Tata’s Tiago EV and Tigor EV in terms of pricing.

Vivek has mentioned that the Tata Punch EV is in the ‘pipeline’, which officially confirms the product’s launch in the future. While the top executive has not yet commented on a possible timeline for the EV’s launch, it can be assumed that the car is under development. It could be estimated that the Tata Punch EV could debut in India sometime in the latter half of 2023. 

The Tata Punch is based on Tata’s ALFA platform, which can accommodate an electric powertrain. The Tata Punch EV will also likely use the high-voltage Ziptron electric powertrain that does duty in the Tata Tiago, Tata Tigor and the Tata Nexon twins. The Tata Punch EV could be priced around the Rs 10 – 13 lakh (ex-showroom) mark depending upon the powertrain options. Tata Motors will have to devise a lucrative pricing strategy to squeeze in the Tata Punch EV in the small segment gap between the Tata Tiago EV and the entry-level Tata Nexon EV Prime. If and when launched, the Tata Punch EV would compete with the likes of the Citroen eC3 EV micro-SUV in India.