Tata Motors has just unveiled its latest model, the Punch.ev. The aggressively priced EV wants to capitalize on India’s developing electric car industry.

New Tata Punch.ev debuts with sub-$15K price

Tata’s new electric car architecture, Acti.ev, will support future EVs and SUVs like as the Curvv, Sierra, and Harrier. The Punch.ev is the first model to be produced on this platform.

Priced between €13,800 and €18,000 (Rs 10.99 lakh to Rs 14.49 lakh), the Tata Punch.ev comes in five variants and offers two battery options, all aimed at providing versatility and choice to potential buyers.

The base battery has 25 kWh capacity, providing a range of approximately 315 km according to MIDC standards. For those seeking a bit of extra range, there’s a 35 kWh battery option, which offers an impressive 422 km of range.

New Tata Punch.ev debuts with sub-$15K price

The Long Range Punch.ev is powered by an electric motor with 122 horsepower and 190 Nm of torque, which can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in about 9.5 seconds. The standard variants come with a less powerful 82 horsepower motor with 114 Nm of torque, reaching 0 to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.

Charging can be done with a 3.3 kW wall box charger in the basic version, but customers can also opt for a faster 7.2 kW fast charger. The Punch.ev supports DC fast charging, allowing it to charge from 10% to 80% in just 56 minutes using a 50 kW fast charger.

Visually, the Tata Punch.ev resembles its sibling, the Nexon EV. It boasts a distinctive LED light bar, a split headlamp setup, and a fresh alloy wheel design. Notably, it’s the first Tata electric car to feature a frunk (front trunk), offering additional storage space.

New Tata Punch.ev debuts with sub-$15K price

Inside, the Punch EV offers a premium interior compared to its ICE-powered counterpart. There’s a new dashboard featuring twin 10.25-inch screens for infotainment and a digital instrument display. Paddles on the steering wheel allow drivers to control regenerative braking levels, further enhancing the driving experience. Even the lower variants of the EV are equipped with a decent 7-inch infotainment unit.

The Punch.ev features ventilated front seats, 360-degree camera, blind spot monitor, wireless phone charger, sunroof and cabin air purifier. On the safety side it offers six airbags, ABS and ESC, three-point seat belts for all seats, and ISOFIX mounts.

In the highly competitive EV market in India, the Tata Punch EV faces rivals such as the MG Comet (priced between €9,900 and €12,400), the Citroen eC3 (priced between €14,000 and €15,300), and even Tata’s own Tiago EV (priced between €11,000 and €15,100).

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