A dedicated EV platform has more compact and aerodynamic bonnets.
Tata Motors is developing a dedicated EV platform hoping that it gives the company an advantage when it comes to space, lowering costs and optimising systems. Not that Tata is new to the game as the brand has recently offered the Nexon EV. The compact SUV holds the position of being India’s first sub-Rs. 15 lakhs electric car. It claims a mileage of 312 kms. The Nexon EV is based on the carmaker’s legacy platforms X1 and its next-gen electric cars will also be based on a shared platform.
On the other hand, the Altorz EV will be based on the recently introduced ALFA architecture, followed by Tata’s sub-compact SUV, the HBX.
Once electric cars start going mainstream, Tata is likely to move to a dedicated EV platform as the costs of batteries go below 150 or 140USD per kWh. On top of that, a dedicated EV platform has more compact and aerodynamic bonnets; there’s no space dedicated to an exhaust system as on a car with a combustion engine, and then, there’s no need to even create a large cavity for the fuel tank.
It is to be noted that while creating its own dedicated EV platform, Tata will aim to keep costs down. The company is also in the process of getting into battery and even cell manufacture with sister company Tata Chemicals to find an alternative for expensive and rare materials in the battery with affordable, locally sourced ones.
Dedicated Tata EV Platform
– Tata Motors is developing a dedicated EV platform
– The brand hopes to optimise systems
– Tata is in process of getting into battery and even cell manufacture to keep costs down
Source – AutocarIndia.com