Tata Motors thinks that it might have to offer strictly petrol engines in its cars after the arrival of BS7 norms.
Tata Motors might have to eventually switch over to petrol engines in the coming years. At the moment, the Indian auto giant offers petrol, diesel and EV powertrains across its diverse range of automobiles. However, the emission norms are becoming stricter day by day. The market share of Tata Motors in terms of EV sales is already over 80%. Going forward, the mass adoption of electric cars is bound to go further up as the prices come down, more EVs are available and the charging infrastructure is more widespread. Here are the details.
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Tata Motors Might Switch to Petrol Engines Completely
This video comes from MotorOctane on YouTube. The host has a detailed conversation with Shailesh Chandra, MD at Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Ltd and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. They address the broad trends of the Indian automobile industry including new products, technology, electric revolution, etc. When asked about the future of diesel engines, Shailesh mentioned that after the arrival of BS7 norms, it would become too expensive to upgrade the diesel engines accordingly. These costs will have to be passed on to the customers, raising the car prices a lot.
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Electric Powertrains to Replace Diesel Engines
Shailesh Chandra also highlights the fact that the diesel engines in its portfolio will be replaced by electric powertrains. Currently, the Harrier and Safari come solely with diesel engines. To replace that high initial torque, electric mills are perfect. There is massive torque from 0 RPM. In fact, electric powertrains don’t have any lag before the entire torque becomes available to the wheels. That is what would replace the driving dynamics of turbo diesel engines going forward. That is why we will see the electric versions of the Harrier or Safari EV pretty soon.
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What We Think
The electric revolution is coming, whether we like it or not. There just seems to be no other way to deal with the stricter-becoming emission norms. With all car companies announcing ambitious plans to reduce their carbon footprint, EVs are inevitable. Interestingly, flex-fuel and CNG cars would also see a boost in times to come for the exact same reason. Urban residents don’t have the issue of refuelling infrastructure for CNG. Moreover, there is not an exorbitant premium on the initial costs of CNG cars compared to EVs. Hence, we are in for an electric future, figuratively and literally.
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