“India’s electric vehicle revolution has begun,” said Shailesh Chandra.
The long-awaited historic moment has arrived. A long wait has been rewarded with the launch of the Tata Punch EV, whose prices start at Rs 10.99 lakh (introductory, ex-showroom). It shares design cues with the facelifted Tata Nexon EV, the first electric micro-SUV in its class. With two battery pack options and up to 421km of range, it comes with premium creature comforts.
Live sessions have started at 11.30 a.m. on January 17th as confirmed earlier. Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Passenger Vehicles Ltd. and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., opened the meeting. In a brief explanation of the company’s accomplishments and goals, he welcomed everyone with pleasure. In India’s electric vehicle revolution, today marks the dawn of a new era, he said.
With the launch of the product, they announced that bookings are now open, and deliveries will be scheduled from 22 January 2024 onwards.
It's official! 😌
Punch.ev, price starts at ₹10.99 Lakh**
— TATA.ev (@Tataev) January 17, 2024
First, let’s look at Tata Punch EV details. Starting with its variant-wise prices, here’s everything you need to know.
Price: Punch EV
|Introductory Ex-showroom Prices
|Rs 10.99 lakh
|Rs 11.49 lakh
|Rs 11.99 lakh
|Rs 12.99 lakh
|Rs 12.79 lakh
|Rs 13.99 lakh
|Rs 13.29 lakh
|Rs 14.49 lakh
With the battery pack being the main contributor to its higher price, the Punch EV starts at Rs 5 lakh more than its internal combustion engine (ICE) counterpart. In comparison with the Tata Tiago EV, Tata’s cheapest electric vehicle, the Punch EV is Rs 2.3 lakh more expensive. There is an option for an additional Rs 50,000 to upgrade the Punch EV to the long-range version with a 7.2 kW AC charger.
Powertrain: Punch EV
In the same manner as other Tata.ev products, Tata offers two battery pack options for the Punch EV. Following are the specifications and ranges for the MR (Mid Range) and LR (Long Range) models:
|Tata Punch EV Variants
|Claimed Range (NEDC)
It is possible to charge the Punch EV from 10 to 80 percent in 56 minutes using 50 kW DC fast charging. Two AC chargers are available for charging at home: 7.2 kW, and 3.3 kW, both of which take approximately 30 minutes to charge.
|Long Range (35 kWh)
|50 kW DC Fast Charger (10-80%)
|7.2 kW AC Home Charger (10-100%)
|3.3 kW AC Home Charger (10-100%)
Design & Look: Punch EV
Tata’s new design language has been applied to the Punch EV from the outside. With LED DRLs that span the width of the car, LED headlights positioned vertically, and a large bumper, the front fascia looks stylish. There is a 16-inch aerodynamic alloy wheel on the side profile and a door handle on each rear door. There are some similarities between the rear profile of the petrol-powered Punch and that of the diesel-powered Punch.
Black and grey shades adorn the interior of the electric SUV, along with layered dashboard designs. With a gloss black center console, leatherette upholstery, a backlit Tata logo on the steering wheel, and a new two-spoke steering wheel, it offers Tata’s new two-spoke design.
Features & Safety: Punch EV
It boasts an advanced infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, and a touch-enabled automatic climate control system. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also included, as well as cruise control, a single-pane sunroof, Arcade.ev to watch TV shows and movies.
Six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), TPMS, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, and a blind spot display add to its safety features.
Rivals to Punch EV
A direct competitor of the Citroen eC3 is the Tata Punch EV. MG Comet EV and Tata Tiago EV are also premium alternatives to it.
Here is what Shailesh Chandra has to say:
“I’m thrilled to welcome all of you to be a part of this historic moment at Tata TV,” said Shailesh Chandra, the Managing Director of Tata Passenger Vehicles Ltd. and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. “Adoption of electric vehicles is one of our most important goals in India. As a nation, EVs are a national imperative due to a pollution crisis in cities and a dependence on imported oil. To drive EV market growth in India, we have a mission focus” he added.
As well as rewinding about four years, he also takes the words back to the past. With fewer than 100 EV units sold per month, India’s electrical vehicle market presents a challenging landscape, according to him. A lack of aspirational body styles, high upfront costs, and concerns about performance, range anxiety, charging infrastructure, and technology uncertainty were identified by the company as the top barriers to market adoption for electric vehicles (EVs).
He added: “I am proud that our dedicated efforts over the past few years have successfully met these challenges, and to a large extent we have done so effectively.”
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