Tata will kit out the upcoming Tata Hornbill (Tata H2X) with an electric powertrain. The Tata H2X EV is expected to get a range of 230 km.
The compact SUV concept H2X was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March along with other new models from Tata. The production H2X is likely to go on sale next year under the name Hornbill. Apart from the launch of the ICE-equipped H2X, Tata Motors also sets out to launch the EV version of the Tata Hornbill afterwards.
At first, the production H2X will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The electric model will follow. To H2X will be underpinned by the modular ALFA platform that supports both ICE and EV powertrains. Tata H2X will be the second EV model to be built on the ALFA platform, after the Altroz EV.
Tata H2X EV will be underpinned by the ALFA platform shared with the Altroz EV
Reportedly, Tata Motors is working on a long-range electric motor that returns 200-230 km range on one single charge. Besides, to make Tata H2X EV more practical for real-life usage, Tata Motors is expected to get fast charging technology. Apart from these, the Tata H2X EV will also score high in terms of connectivity. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support will be available on the touchscreen infotainment system borrowed from Tata Harrier.
Tata Motors will launch the H2X along with the Tata Tiago EV, Tigor EV and Altroz EV
Exterior wise, the electric version of the Tata H2X will be identical to the conventional version. Generally, both ICE and EV version will look much like the concept car. At the front, it is expected to carry dual lighting setting with LED DRLs located on the top, nearest to the bonnet while the main headlamps stay underneath and fog light is placed at the bottom. And the interior of both the H2X ICE and the pure electric version will take design clues from the Nexon SUV.
Around the same time of H2X EV launch in India, the market will also welcome Mahindra KUV100 EV. Besides, Tata Motors itself also will also have a wide range of EV models by then, namely, Tata Tigor EV, Tiago EV and Altroz EV. Just like the ICE counterparts, Tata’s EVs will carry affordable price tags. None of the new Tata EVs will be priced above 15 lakh.