Future Tata ICE and electric vehicles to come underpinned by distinctive platforms

PTI reported that Tata Motors is planning to divide the vehicle architecture between internal combustion engines and electric passenger cars in the future. Martin Uhlarik, the local automaker’s global design director, said the strategy will make the company’s future passenger vehicles unique. In addition, this strategy will eliminate the disadvantage of developing electric cars on traditional platforms, the official said.

Uhlarik was quoted as saying that with the drive for electrification and rapid connectivity, the interiors of future cars could be more like a home, made more alive by a minimalist approach. He also said that discerning customers seek comfort in materials, simplicity and ease of use and these preferences will determine the design of car interiors in the future. As part of these strategies, Tata Motors aims to support its internal combustion engine and electric vehicles on separate platforms. “We are seeing a possible split between ICE and EV, simply because of the driving platform. If EV has to fall back to ICE architecture, it will still be limited in its full potential, about the operating range as well as about the battery arrangement.”, Uhlarik was quoted as saying.

He added that converting electric vehicles to ICE product platforms, which have provisions such as transmission tunnels and traditional firewalls, will have limitations. “So if you want to make a proper electric vehicle or a pure electric platform, at some point you’re going to have to see the products split, not just visually but ultimately you will have to make it truly unique,” ​​the CEO said. from Tata. He also said that separation has occurred in the industry for most of the global competitors. However, Uhlarik refused to share a timeline for Tata Motors to follow suit.
Tata Motors currently sells three different electric vehicles:
Nexon EV, Tigor EV and Tiago EV. These three electric cars are based on platforms designed to support their ICE counterparts. In 2022, Tata Motors announced its all-new electric vehicle architecture and is expected to introduce several advanced electric vehicle models from 2025.

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