Tata Motors has introduced the electric variant of its compact SUV, the Punch, in India, expanding the lineup that already includes gasoline-powered and CNG-fueled versions. The Tata Punch EV shares a visual resemblance with its internal combustion engine (ICE) counterpart but is built on a new electric vehicle (EV)-dedicated architecture, boasting technological advancements.
The EV version showcases a redesigned front end with Tata's latest styling elements, featuring full-width LEDs, vertical bumper intakes housing main headlights, and a grille-less nose with a front-mounted charging port.
While the profile and tail maintain similarities with the ICE-powered Punch, the EV model sports new 16-inch wheels and lacks a tailpipe. Inside, the digital dashboard includes dual 10.25-inch screens, with lower-spec variants equipped with dual 7-inch displays.
Transitioning from the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture) of the ICE Punch, the Punch EV adopts the more advanced acti.ev platform. Tata has not provided detailed specifications but mentioned availability in standard and long-range versions.
The acti.ev platform, designed for future electric models, supports front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, coupled with various battery capacities for ranges between 300-600 km (186-373 miles).
The platform supports up to 150 kW fast charging, bi-directional charging, and features the Snapdragon Digital Chassis Platform by Qualcomm for OTA updates and 5G connectivity. Safety is a priority, with plans for up to Level 2+ Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by Mobileye.
Tata is currently accepting pre-orders for the Punch EV in India, with pricing yet to be announced. Autocar India estimates the electric model to cost between Rs 10-13 lakh, equivalent to $12,025-15,632 based on current exchange rates.