Electric Safari SUV coming soon?
Recently, a Tata Safari was spotted with a green number plate. The government has allowed green number plates only for the electric vehicles that are running on our Indian roads. At first look, it seems like this is the electric version of the Safari.
When Tata Motors launched the Safari, they did say that the OMEGARC platform that they are using for the Harrier and Safari does support electrification and a four-wheel drive system.
The Safari in the picture is powered by a diesel engine as per the Vahan Portal. So, it is powered by the same 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine sourced from Fiat. It produces 170 Ps of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. From the Vahan Portal, we got to know that it is mated to the 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. You can also get a 6-speed manual gearbox with the Safari.
Moreover, the Safari in the picture is the XZA+ variant. It is finished in Royal Blue colour. There are also other colours on offer. You can get Tropical Mist, Black Gold, White Gold, Orcus White, Daytona Grey and Oberon Black.
Either the RTO has issued a wrong number plate to the Safari or the owner has tampered with the number plate. Having said that, it is highly unlikely that the RTO issued a wrong number plate.
Tata Motors never launched the electric version of the Safari. There is a possibility that there is an electric conversion kit out there in the after-market for the Safari which is also RTO approved. Having said that we have not yet heard about such a kit. There is a possibility that the electric conversion kit is currently being tested and is in the development phase.
Tata working on electric vehicles
Tata Motors is currently working on new electric vehicles for the Indian market. They recently launched the Nexon EV Max which is essentially a long-range version of the Nexon EV. It is priced at Rs. 17.74 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 19.24 lakhs ex-showroom. It also get more features than the regular Nexon EV.
Tata unveiled the Curvv Concept recently. It is a SUV Coupe that will sit above Nexon but below the Harrier. It will be launched first as an EV and then with internal combustion engines. It is based on Nexon’s X1 platform that has been modified. The driving range of the upcoming SUV will be around 400 km. The Curvv belongs to the second generation of EVs and we will see the production version in the next two years.
Tata Avinya EV
Another concept that Tata Motors is the Avinya EV. It is based on the new Gen3 platform which is specifically developed for electric vehicles. The new vehicles that will be based on this platform will be launched in 2025 and will have a driving range of 500 km. Tata Motors has said that they will be launching different products based on this platform, they will have different body styles and according to the requirement, the driving range will also be altered.
Recently, a Tata Safari was spotted with a green number plate. The government has allowed green number plates only for the electric vehicles that are running on our Indian roads. At first look, it seems like this is the electric version of the Safari. When Tata Motors launched the Safari, they did say that the…