Tata Motors is putting a lot of money on electric cars for the Indian market as a way to boost sales there. At the moment, the company has more than 80% of the market share in the EV segment. In the next couple of years, the company that makes UVs in the country is likely to bring out three or four electric cars. In 2023, the Tata Punch could be the next model in the country to get an electric drivetrain.
In fact, the Tata Punch might be the only model that can be bought with gasoline, electricity, or CNG. The electric version of the Punch micro SUV will be shown for the first time at the 2023 Auto Show, mostly in a form that is close to production. Reports say that the Tata Punch EV will go into production around June 2023, and it could come out around the holiday season.
The Tata Punch EV will be built on a new architecture called Sigma. This architecture is a heavily changed version of the ALFA platform. Tata engineers will get rid of the transmission tunnel and change the space for the fuel tank to make a flat floor for a big battery pack. With the new platform, the Punch EV should be lighter, use less energy, and have more space than an ICE car.
The Punch EV is expected to have a battery pack like the Nexon EV Prime and front wheels powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor. The small SUV could come with more than one kind of battery pack. The ARAI says it should have a range of more than 300 km.
The Tata Tiago CNG and the Tata Punch CNG are likely to share the same engine. It will have a 1.2-liter BS6 engine with a CNG kit that comes from the factory. At 6,000 rpm, the powertrain makes 73.4 PS of power and 95 Nm of peak torque. This has about 13 PS and 18 Nm less power and torque than the regular gasoline version. The car will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.