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    Mahindra Electric SUVs To Use Volkswagen Components – XUV400, XUV900

    Mahindra has plans to launch as many as eight electric SUVs by 2027Image for reference.Mahindra has something big planned for its grand re-entry into the electric mobility segment. The homegrown carmaker has already teased its upcoming trio of electric SUVs ahead of their maiden official appearance slated in July later this year.While Mahindra continues to focus on IC engine models, it will spend significant resources on its upcoming battery-powered vehicles. The electric vehicles (EVs) teased by Mahindra recently will be based on a new Born electric skateboard hence they are being termed as Born EVs from Mahindra.Mahindra Volkswagen PartnershipToday, Mahindra and Volkswagen announced an interesting partnership. Mahindra intends to equip its ‘Born Electric Platform’ with MEB electric components such as electric motors, battery system components and battery cells. The Partnering Agreement evaluates the scope of collaboration – it indicates binding rules for the evaluation phase as well as the non-binding scope of supply.The binding supply agreement will be negotiated in a continued constructive and legally compliant way to conclude by the end of 2022. Designed as an open vehicle platform, the MEB electric platform and its components allows car manufacturers to build their portfolio of electrified vehicles, quickly and cost-effectively. The shared objective of the two companies is to electrify the Indian automotive market, one of the most important automotive growth markets and a key element in the global decarbonisation of the mobility sector.New Mahindra Electric SUVs – TeaserThomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board of Management member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, stated, “Mahindra is a pioneer in the electric mobility space in India and a great partner for our MEB Electric Platform. Together with Mahindra, we want to contribute significantly to the electrification of India, a huge automotive market with enormous growth potential and high relevance for climate protection. It’s another proof point that the MEB is both technologically state of the art and highly competitive in terms of cost. The MEB is thus progressively developing into the leading open platform for e-mobility, generating significant volume and economies of scale. That’s crucial for every company in the EV world and the key to competitive solutions for our customers.”Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., stated: “We are very pleased to have Volkswagen, a significant global investor in the electric mobility space, as a strategic partner in achieving our ambitious Born Electric Vison. The complementarity of their extensive technology, innovation, and vertical integration in supply chains, will provide a framework to develop our next gen “Born Electric Platform”, to be revealed soon in Oxfordshire UK. Our teams across India, UK and Detroit are passionately creating a breath-taking future.”Volkswagen’s MEB Electric Platform is used by the Group brands Volkswagen, Audi, SKODA and SEAT/CUPRA as well as external partners. Responsibility for these partnerships has been assigned to the “Platform Business” unit created specifically for this purpose.Mahindra Electric SUVs teasedThe company will be introducing three new fully electric SUVs under its new ‘Born Electric Vision’. All three SUVs have reportedly been designed and conceptualised by Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (MADE) which is the brand’s new global design centre based in United Kingdom and headed by Pratap Bose. As per teaser videos released previously, the three born EVs consist of a compact SUV, a mid-size SUV and a Coupe SUV.All three SUVs will be underpinned by a new bespoke platform. First of them will be a compact SUV which is expected to be the battery-powered equivalent of XUV300. It is likely to be christened as XUV400 upon launch. Next will be a mid-size SUV that can share some similarities with XUV700. Last will be a premium coupe-style SUV which could wear a new name tag of XUV900. The company had filed a trademark for the same in the country earlier last year. More

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    2022 TVS iQube Launch Price Rs 98k – 3 Variants, 10 Colours, 140 Kms Range

    TVS first EV product iQube is currently ranked among the top 10 bestselling electric scooters in the country2022 TVS iQube Electric ScooterWith growing acceptance of electric two-wheelers, as evident in huge jump in sales numbers in recent months, manufacturers are busy working on newer models to get the customer’s attention. Working on a similar strategy, TVS has launched 2022 iQube. It now comes with 3 variants, 10 colours and a higher range of 140 kms in real world.TVS iQube is now available in 3 variants of iQube, iQube S and iQube ST. Prices start from Rs 98,654 for the base variant, on-road Delhi. While on-road Bangalore price starts from Rs 1,11,663. Mid variant iQube S is priced at Rs 1,08,690 on road Delhi / 1,19,663 on road Bangalore. Prices of top of the line 2022 iQube ST have not been revealed. Bookings for all three are now open.2022 TVS iQube Electric ScooterTVS connectivity platform SmartXonnect will be offered as standard with the new scooter. iQube base gets 5 inch colour TFT display instrument cluster, iQube S gets 7 inch display with HMI interaction while top of the line iQube ST gets same sized display, but in addition also gets touchscreen function.SmartXonnect system allows the digital instrument panel to be paired with the mobile phone via TVS iQube app. Once connected, users can access a range of features. It includes a navigation assist that displays the directions on the screen.2022 TVS iQube Electric ScooterAnother useful feature is geofencing, which lets users know the location of their scooter. Other features available with SmartXonnect include remote charge status and incoming call alerts. Users can also access a range of interesting stats about their rides such as top speed, average speed, distance travelling, etc.[embedded content][embedded content]With the new scooter, TVS has achieved improved competencies against its rivals. However, intense rivalry will continue in the electric two-wheeler segment. Other manufacturers like Ola, Ather and Bajaj are also working on new EVs that are expected to offer higher range and new features.TVS will also face challenges from companies that are yet to launch their EV products in the Indian market. It includes Hero MotoCorp, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. Hero MotoCorp has charted out big plans for the EV segment. In addition to the domestic market, Hero will also sell its EVs in global markets.2022 TVS iQube Electric Scooter PricesHonda has started making its moves in EV space by setting up a subsidiary named Honda Power Pack Energy India Pvt Ltd. This entity will focus on providing battery sharing service as well as technical support. Yamaha also seems to be inching closer to launch of its first EV in India. The company recently showcased two of its electric scooters during an event organised for its dealers.2022 TVS iQube SpecsiQube utilizes 3 lithium-ion battery pack that supplies power to a hub-mounted motor. Packed in high strength aluminium extrusion casing, the battery pack has IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. It also has a dedicated battery management system. The battery pack is covered by a 3 year/50,000 km warranty.Top of the line 2022 TVS iQube STPeak motor output is rated at 4.4 kw (~ 6 hp). The powertrain has been designed for smooth performance across busy city streets as well as wide, open roads. iQube can reach 0 to 40 kmph in just 4.2 seconds. This will come handy while overtaking and negotiating through heavy traffic conditions. Top speed of the scooter is rated at 78 km per hour for iQube and iQube S, while iQube ST has a top speed of 82 kmph – on Power Mode. Multiple charging options are on offer.Depending on your need, you can chose from 650 W charger, 950 W charger or 1.5 kW charger. TVS has started production of all three variants of the new 2022 iQube. Dispatch to dealer is in progress. Deliveries will be immediate, depending on stock. More

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    Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Scram And ADV – Spied Together

    One can expect the new Himalayan 450 to be an improved product in almost every respectRoyal Enfield Himalayan 450 Scram and ADVRoyal Enfield is right in the middle of modernizing its entire product portfolio. After getting the Meteor up and running, the retro-classic specialist has turned its attention to renovating the Himalayan adventure tourer. RE is also busy developing a new variant of its 350 cc family in the form of Hunter 350.New Royal Enfield Himalayan 450Pre-series prototypes of next gen Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 have made a habit of getting photographed while they are on a mission to accumulate crucial test miles. This time, the new adventure tourer was captured along with what appears to be its scrambler sibling (we will talk about it later). Spy shots are credited to automotive enthusiast Karunakaran.As the development process progresses, the prototypes are inching closer to production version, and we like what we see. New RE Himalayan 450 appears to be enjoying a significantly improved level of perceived quality. Hardware enhancements come in the form of a new frame which is expected to be sturdier (better off-road performance), new inverted front forks and an all-new 450 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor.Nothing much is known about the engine as of now but we bet it will have much better output figures than the outgoing 411 cc air and oil-cooled unit which develops a rather modest 24 hp and 32 Nm of torque. It is also being said that the new engine will offer ride-by-wire technology which will enable ride modes. The RE loyalists would definitely love the boost in highway performance the new heart promises to bring on board.Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 ADVOther noteworthy changes include a larger fuel tank which will translate into improved range, wider and more comfortable 2-piece seats, a digital instrument cluster which is likely to incorporate smartphone connectivity of turn-by-turn navigation and an array of provisions for touring accessories. The motorcycle appears to have retained its predecessors 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres.Royal Enfield Scram 450 in the making?Interestingly, the Himalayan 450 was accompanied by another test mule. In the earlier post, we mentioned this motorcycle as Hunter 350. But that is not correct. Hat tip to our readers for the help. This new test mule is believed to be a scrambler version of the new Himalayan 450 ADV. Upon launch next year, the H450 twins are likely to have a similar setup on offer by RE, like the current Himalayan 411 and Scram 411.New Royal Enfield Scram 450 seems to be equipped with suspension setup (front gets conventional forks, against USD on ADV version), frame and engine identical to those of the former. The circular headlamp, simple instrument dial, flat handlebar and heavily contoured single-piece seat makes it a textbook scrambler. This variant adopts 17-inch alloy wheels with dual purpose tyres and a conventional telescopic front forks instead of the adventure tourer’s upside-down setup. The scrambler variant also features a different fuel tank.Royal Enfield Scram 450 HimalayanGiven that developing a new liquid-cooled engine ground up comes with a huge investment, it makes sense to maximize the return by employing it in more than just one product. We won’t be surprised if RE’s new mid-size motor finds itself on-board more products in addition to the new Himalayan and its Scrambler derivative.We expect RE to debut the new Himalayan 450 sometime later this year, probably at EICMA 2022 in Milan in November. The Scram 450 is also expected to debut at the same event, if not, it will follow in a few months’ time. With vast improvements and state-of-the-art technologies, the Indian adventure tourer will be a much more appealing prospect than its predecessor not only in the domestic market but also in the international markets. More

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    Tata Nexon Electric Max Launch Price Rs 17.74 L – Range 437 Km

    With increased range and new features, Nexon EV Max has improved capabilities vis-a-vis rivals like MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona ElectricNew Tata Nexon EV Max – 437 Kms Range Electric SUVWhile Nexon EV is the topselling electric car in the country, its range of 312 km is not something that everyone feels comfortable with. This is especially true in a situation where charging infrastructure is yet to be fully developed. Another factor is that actual range in real world conditions is only around 200 km.Tata Nexon Electric Max PricesTo eliminate range anxiety and provide an improved overall experience to users, Tata Motors has launched all-new Nexon EV Max today. It is offered in two variants of XZ+ and XZ+ Lux. Prices start from Rs 17.74 lakh ex-sh, and go all the way to Rs 19.24 lakh ex-sh. Three colour options are on offer – White, Grey and Intensi-Teal. The latter is a new colour, exclusive to EV MAX.Tata Nexon EV Max PricesThe updated version gets a larger 40.5 kWh battery pack. Existing Nexon EV gets its power from a 30.2 kWh battery pack. In terms of battery capacity, Nexon EV Max is now ahead of Hyundai Kona Electric that has a 39.2 kWh battery pack. However, it still falls short of MG ZS EV that utilizes a 50.3 kWh battery pack.Tata Nexon EV vs EV Max PricesWith the larger battery pack, Nexon EV Max has achieved ARAI certified range of 437 km. That’s an impressive gain of 125 km. However, just like the standard Nexon EV, the Max variant’s real-time range is likely to be lower. True range of Nexon EV Max is expected to be around 300 km. Nexon EV Max is Rs 1.79 lakh more expensive than the Nexon EV, and is about 100 kgs heavier.Tata Nexon EV Max – Gets 30+ New FeaturesHowever, it could be higher if the company has carried out some targeted changes in the powertrain and other systems such as regenerative braking. Tata has ensured that the larger battery pack does not reduce boot space. It remains the same as earlier at 350-litre.With 437 km range, Nexon EV Max can emerge as an affordable alternative to MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona. Certified range of MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona are 461 km and 452 km, respectively.Tata Nexon EV Max – Two Variants on offerNexon EV Max power and torqueUsers can expect peppier performance with Nexon EV Max, as power and torque output has been increased to 143 hp and 250 Nm. That’s a gain of 14 hp and 5 Nm. Rival MG ZS EV numbers are at 177 PS / 280 Nm whereas Kona Electric generates 136 PS / 395 Nm.Tata Nexon EV Max at a glanceCharging options have been updated for Nexon EV Max. It includes a 3.3kWh portable charger that will be offered as standard. The limitation of this charger is that it will take around 15-16 hours to achieve a full charge. To get over this issue, Tata Motors is offering a more powerful 7.2kWh charger. Users have to pay an additional amount for this charger. It will reduce charging time to 6.5 hours.Tata Nexon EV Max SpecsNexon EV Max new featuresNew version of Nexon EV packs in a range of premium and hi-tech features. It includes illuminated gear knob with park mode, wireless charging, air purifier and cooled seats. Safety features include ESP, hill hold assist and electric parking brake. There will be two variants on offer, XZ+ and XZ+ Lux. Deliveries of Nexon EV Max are expected to commence soon. Bookings have opened, and first batch of Nexon EV Max is on its way to dealerships across India. More

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    2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Render Based On New Spy Shots

    Upon its launch, the new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 is expected to be a more potent rival to KTM 390 Adventure2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 – RenderRoyal Enfield Himalayan was conceived by none other than their CEO, Siddhartha Lal. It was considered to be his brainchild, due to his love for riding motorcycles in the Himalayas. It was first showcased as a concept in 2015, and was launched in 2016. Apart from India, Himalayan is on sale in many countries around the globeThe initial years saw Royal Enfield fixing multiple issues that were reported by customers. To solve these, RE has delivered updates to the Himalayan every now and then, the latest being in 2021. With the Himalayan more or less sorted now, Royal Enfield has started work on Gen 2 Himalayan, which will be a completely different machine.2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 RenderUpcoming next generation Himalayan will be powered by an all-new engine which will be more modern and powerful than the current 411cc unit. Test mules have already been spotted on a number of occasions. Based on these spy shots, design artist Pratyush Rout has created a digital rendering of the upcoming Himalayan 450. The adventure bike flaunts a fair bit of design updates, making it distinct from the current Himalayan.2023 Himalayan 450 render portrays it as a typical adventure bike with characteristic elements like a large windscreen, a beak upfront, a tall stance and a large luggage rack at rear. It is evident that the designer has tried to retain the core Himalayan DNA, as Royal Enfield intends to. That said, there are noticeable variations that set both motorcycles apart.2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 – RenderFor instance, it gets a reshaped fuel tank which seems to be larger than the one in the current model. Split seats have been revised and appear to be more comfortable, especially for the pillion with its flat contour. Instead of a long, upswept exhaust in chrome finish, the upcoming model will feature a short bottle exhaust finished in black.2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 – RenderRiding triangle appears to be slightly different from the current model and is focused on more comfort. Handlebar is taller and pulled towards the rider while footpegs are mounted centrally. Other visual highlights include a floating tail section, handguards, a redesigned rear panel, a circular headlamp and a new sleeker LED tail lamp with LED turn indicators.Expected Features & SpecsThe upcoming version of Himalayan gets completely new body panels. In terms of features, it will receive an all-new circular instrument console that is almost parallel to the front visor. Himalayan 450 is also expected to be laced with some modern gadgetry such as Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, ride-by-wire throttle and riding modes like road, off-road and rain.2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 – RenderSome major changes are expected under the skin. The new adventure bike will be underpinned by a trellis frame and is most likely to be lighter than the existing model. Suspension duties are expected to be carried out by new upside-down forks at front and a mono-shock at rear. Brakes are expected to be larger single-disc units at both ends, likely to be aided by a switchable ABS.The new Himalayan is expected to roll on similar 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wire-spoked wheels as before. The wheels will be wrapped by knobby dual-purpose tyres. Powering Himalayan 450 will be a brand new 450cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that could dish out around 40 bhp of peak power. This unit is expected to be paired with a 5-speed gearbox. More

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    2023 Bajaj Pulsar N160 Spied Testing For The First Time

    Bajaj is taking a top-down approach for the new range of Pulsar models, the next model in this lineup is expected to be a 180-200cc bike2023 Bajaj Pulsar N160Bajaj Pulsar is an aspirational brand of sporty commuter motorcycles. Strong performance backed by affordability is one of its key universal selling points. These are more than a few reasons why this motorcycle range continues to be a rage even after two decades in the market.Currently, Bajaj is in a rebuilding phase and is trying to reinvent the Pulsar series by introducing some new models under its belt. The first in this revamped lineup is Pulsar 250 twins- N250 and F250 that was launched late last year. The company confirmed that it will be launching more new models under the Pulsar moniker in the coming future.New Bajaj Pulsar Spotted- Is it Pulsar N160?Recently, a new test mule of a Pulsar motorcycle was spotted outside Pune which was speculated to be the new-gen Bajaj Pulsar 125. The prototype was under heavy camouflage and did not divulge any specific details of the upcoming bike. Now, another Bajaj Pulsar has been spied testing without any camouflage this time around.Reports indicate that it could be a Pulsar with a smaller engine displacement, most probably a new Pulsar 160. The test mule that had been spotted in Pune, looked very similar to the new Pulsar N250. Hence, the new 160cc naked streetfighter will be based on the all-new Pulsar N250 platform and could replace the current Pulsar NS160 in future.2023 Bajaj Pulsar N1602023 Bajaj Pulsar N160Headlight cowl of the test mule is a fitting image of the naked quarter-litre Pulsar. It features projector LED headlight flanked by twin eyebrows-shaped LED DRLs just like Pulsar N250. While indicators on this new prototype are bulb units, split tail lamps consist of LED internals. It receives a contoured split-seat setup with a raised tail section and split grab rails.Like N250, this new testing prototype receives a single-piece handlebar which should ensure comfortable and upright ergonomics. The motorcycle is built on the same chassis as the 250cc Pulsars, so it gets the same frame, telescopic front fork, and a rear mono-shock. Even body panels appear to be borrowed from the new generation quarter-litre Pulsars.Expected SpecsIn all probability, Bajaj will be employing a brand new engine with a construction similar to that of N250 and F250. The current NS160 is powered by a 160cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that pumps out 17.03 bhp and 14.6 Nm of peak torque. The new engine will be richer in torque and even comes with a kick-starter which is a rare feature these days.2023 Bajaj Pulsar N160It appears to ride on 17-inch alloy wheels that are shod with MRF rubber with a slightly thicker profile at rear. Braking duties are carried out by disc brakes at both ends that will be complemented by single-channel ABS. Although no specific launch timeline has been confirmed yet, the next model under the new range of Pulsar could hit markets by end of this year or in early 2023.Source More

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    Tata ACE Electric Launched – 36 Hp, 130 Nm, 154 Kms Range

    After taking lead in the electric PV segment, Tata Motors is looking to strike early in commercial EV spaceNew Tata ACE ElectricWhile the electric 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler segments have attracted dozens of companies, the commercial EV space has remained largely untapped. In overall EV sales in 2021-22, the percentage share of electric goods vehicles was just 0.24%. This is exactly where Tata Motors is sensing a significant opportunity to be explored.Tata Ace electricTata Motors is placing its bet on Ace brand, which is one of the most popular mini trucks in the country. Tata Ace is currently available in petrol, diesel and CNG options. This range will be expanded to include an all-electric Ace. At an event today, Tata Motors has officially launched the new ACE electric small cargo vehicle. Prices of Tata Ace Electric will be announced when delivery starts.Tata Ace Electric LaunchedIn terms of design, Tata Ace electric is largely the same as its fossil fuel powered counterpart. However, it gets a dedicated EV branding for proper differentiation. At the unveiling, Tata showcased a fully covered cargo cabin with ‘ACE EV’ branding in big, bold lettering.Speaking about features, on the inside it gets a 7 inch infotainment system with bluetooth connectivity. Instrument cluster is mounted on the center dash, just about the infotainment system. It gets a rear parking camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, etc.New Tata ACE ElectricMr. N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, said, “E-mobility is an idea whose time has come. At Tata Motors, we are moving with speed and scale to lead this change – in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and Jaguar Land Rover. I am delighted today that with the launch of the Ace EV, we are entering a new era of e-cargo mobility. Tata Ace is India’s most successful commercial vehicle ever. It has revolutionised transportation and created millions of successful entrepreneurs over the years. It will further build on this legacy by providing a technologically-advanced, clean and smart mobility solution. I am excited about the electrification of commercial vehicles.”Tata Ace Electric SpecsTata Ace electric SpecsThe Ace EV is the first product featuring Tata Motors’ EVOGEN powertrain that offers an unparalleled certified range of 154 kilometres. It delivers a safe, all-weather operation with an advanced battery cooling system and regenerative braking system to boost the driving range.The vehicle allows regular and fast charging capabilities for high uptime. It is powered by a 27kW (36hp) motor with 130Nm of peak torque, to ensure highest cargo volume of 208 ft3 and grade-ability of 22% allowing easy ascend in fully loaded conditions. The Ace EV’s container is made of light-weight, durable materials that perfectly suit the requirements of e-commerce logistics.Tata Ace Electric SpecsAce electric prospectsWith growing awareness and government’s push for EVs, Tata Ace electric could emerge as a popular choice for B2B and B2C operators. In recent times, there have been calls to step up focus on electrification of the commercial vehicle segment. Petrol/diesel powered trucks are among the key contributors to vehicular pollution.Companies like Tata Motors have the capability and resources to promote the use of electric commercial vehicles. Tata already has a robust EV platform, which has been successfully deployed with its Nexon EV. Tata also happens to be the largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the country. All these advantages can help the company to emerge as a leader in the commercial EV segment.Tata Ace Electric LaunchedTata Motors also announced signing of strategic Memorandum of Understanding with leading e-commerce companies and logistics service providers – Amazon, BigBasket, City Link, DOT, Flipkart, LetsTransport, MoEVing and Yelo EV. This includes delivering 39,000 units of the Ace EV; setting up dedicated Electric Vehicle Support Centres for maximum fleet uptime; deployment of Tata Fleet Edge – the next-gen optimal fleet management solution; and support of Tata UniEVerse, the proven enabling eco-system of relevant Tata Group companies. More

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    Tata Electric Cars May Get Tesla-Like Autonomous Driving Feature

    Tata Motors could offer self-driving autonomous technology on future EVs based on the Avinya concept underpinned by a new Born Electric platformNew Tata AvinyaTata Motors has been on a roll as far as electric mobility is concerned. The homegrown carmaker has laid down its grand vision for the electric vehicle (EV) space for India and overseas markets as well. The carmaker’s electrification strategy will be headed by the Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM) division which is responsible for all EV-related developments.In this regard, the company has recently unveiled pre-production concepts Curvv and Avinya which are going to form the base of upcoming Gen 2 and Gen 3 EVs from the brand respectively. The Avinya concept is based on a new ‘Born Electric’ skateboard platform purely dedicated to future EVs.Autonomous Driving in future EVsIt has also come to light that Tata Motors is envisioning autonomous driving technology for models based on the Avinya Concept. Anand Kulkarni, VP- Product Line and Operations, TPEM, revealed that Tata Motors is looking into this aspect. The architecture is fully capable of incorporating Level 3 or even higher levels of autonomous technology.He further added that fully autonomous driving is also possible for this platform but there needs to be enough demand in global markets. Currently, there are a few car manufacturers who offer higher levels of autonomous driving features. One of them is Tesla, who also has plans of launching their electric cars in India.New Tata AvinyaAvinya Concept Based On Full EV platformThe Avinya Concept measures 4.3 metres and the platform can accommodate cars between lengths 4.1 metres to 4.5 metres. This architecture is versatile in adopting a wide range of body styles as well as drivetrains. Models based on this platform can be front-wheel driven, rear-wheel driven or all-wheel driven. According to Kulkarni, it is important that this architecture meets all safety regulations for autonomous driving. This platform will be laced with modern connectivity features that will play a crucial role in autonomous tech.He further highlighted that there is nothing common between this Born Electric platform and internal combustion engine (ICE) platform. In his words, it is a pure ground-up EV only platform and cannot ever take an IC engine. This skateboard architecture has been created by moving the wheels to the farthest points and creating a space in the middle to fit in the battery pack.Expected Range, Battery Swapping tech & moreTata Motors is working on its elaborate plans that include launching ten new electric cars by 2026. The company isn’t working on a battery swapping technology in this segment as of now, however, this platform offers a provision of such a setup to be added later. Large EVs based on the Avinya concept are likely to have a claimed range of 500km on a single charge that should translate to a real-world range of around 370km.It also came to light that Tata Motors isn’t looking to dive into hybrid powertrains and will instead work to provide a ladder to customers for EVs with a specific range and features built into them according to market demand. The first product based on this new Born Electric platform is expected to be a large SUV which is likely to be an electric equivalent of Safari or Harrier. More