Tata Motors is one of the few manufacturers in India that have been proactive in sending their cars to the Global NCAP for crash tests. All Tata cars tested for crash safety have scored between 4 to 5 stars. The Tigor EV is the newest product in Tata’s portfolio to be crash-tested by the Global NCAP. The Tigor EV also becomes the first EV to be crash-tested by the Global NCAP. Let’s take a look at its scorecard:
How did it fare?
The Tigor EV scored an overall 4-star rating for both child and occupant safety. It provided good protection to the head and necks of the front passengers. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. The Footwell area was rated as unstable. In terms of child occupant protection, the chest and head protection were good. The Tigor EV comes standard with dual airbags, seat belt reminder for the front passenger seats, ABS and EBD. Global NCAP noted that the ratings could be improved by adding Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side-impact protection, 3 point belts in all seating positions and ISOFIX connectors as standard.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General of Global NCAP said, “Tata has shown consistent safety improvements throughout its fleet range. The Tigor demonstrates that improvements are also possible with EV models, which can pose a technical challenge because of the electric powertrain system. Tata should be recognized and applauded for this commitment to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratize vehicle safety.” David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “It is deeply satisfying to see Tata’s continuing commitment to safety as they innovate with new power train technologies in order to achieve wider environmental and sustainability goals. “Safety and sustainability improvements are possible for all manufacturers operating in the Indian market, and Global NCAP would encourage them to follow Tata’s lead.”
Tata Tigor EV launch
The Tigor EV starts at ₹11.99 lakhs for the base trim and goes up all the way to ₹12.99 lakhs. It is powered by a 26 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which produces 55 kW of peak power and 170 nm of peak torque. It can achieve a certified range of 306km on a single charge.