Tata Punch EV Breaks Cover, to Get at Least 300-km Range.

Tata Motors has introduced the Punch EV, the smallest SUV in India to be equipped with an electric powertrain. The carmaker shared the details of the Punch EV while announcing its plans to use its new Gen-2 Pure EV platform, which is essentially an ICE-to-EV conversion platform with major changes. The Punch EV will be the second SUV from Tata to get both ICE and electric versions, after the Nexon. It is also the second model from the carmaker to be offered with a CNG version, after the Tigor. Bookings for the Tata Punch EV are open today at a token amount of ₹21,000.

Tata Punch EV: First Look

The Tata Punch EV is the first electric vehicle from the carmaker to be based on the Gen-2 Pure EV platform. The electric SUV will have a design influenced by the new Nexon EV launched last year. The images shared by Tata Motors confirm connected LED DRLs at the front with slim LED headlights, a closed grille, new alloy designs, and more.

Tata Punch EV

Tata Punch EV Platform

The Punch EV will be based on a platform that promises better range, a bigger battery, and a faster charging solution. The platform offers at least 300 km of range, which can go up to 600 km depending on the battery size. It also promises faster charging solutions with up to 150 kW DC fast chargers. Anand Kulkarni, Chief Products Officer, Head of HV Programs and Customer Service at Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, said, “The Punch EV is our introduction to the next generation of EVs from TPEM. As has been the case with our current portfolio of EV products, we are confident that future products made on the acti.ev architecture will continue to spark delight in our ever-growing community.”

The Punch EV will be offered in two versions, just like the Nexon EV. A 25 kWh battery pack will power the mid-range version, while a bigger 35 kWh unit will be equipped in the long-range version. The new battery packs, which will be wider and come with higher density cells, promise to improve efficiency by 10%.

Tata’s Gen-2 Pure EV Architecture: Key Features

The new EV platform is also a safer architecture, which could help the Tata Punch EV score a five-star rating at crash tests at Bharat NCAP or Global NCAP. The ICE version of the SUV secured a five-star rating at the Global NCAP earlier. Besides using high-strength material, Tata has also modified the new EV platform to carve out more space inside the vehicle as well as maintain ground clearance and ramp over angles to keep the Punch SUV’s performance on challenging tracks. The electric SUV will also come with six airbags as standard.

The new EV platform will also enable Tata’s electric cars to come with level-2 ADAS technology, which can be expanded to level 2+. However, the Punch EV will not get this feature.

The new EV platform is also ready for 5G connectivity and can offer support for Vehicle to Load (V2L) and Vehicle to Vehicle Charging (V2V) technology. Its Cloud Architecture promises advanced in-car applications and over-the-air updates in the future.

Tata Punch EV: Key Features

The Tata Punch EV will come in five variants, with two charging options, including a 7.2 kW fast home charger. It will also have features like ventilated front seats, an electric sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.23-inch virtual cockpit, and a 360-degree camera. While it does not have a rival in the segment yet, at its price point, it could go up against the likes of the Citroen eC3.

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