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Tata Motors cuts EV prices between 1%- 8%, first by an Indian carmaker, Transport & Logistics

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INDIAN automaker Tata Motors’ electric vehicle (EV) unit on Tuesday (Feb 13) said it has reduced prices of its cars by up to 120,000 rupees (S$1,945) in what is the first instance of a price cut by an electric carmaker in the country.

Electric variants currently form just 2 per cent of car sales in India, as buyers are wary about the higher upfront costs despite lower running costs and as range anxiety persists.

“With battery cell prices having softened in the recent past and considering their potential reduction in the foreseeable future, we have chosen to proactively pass on the resulting benefits directly to customers,” said Vivek Srivatsa, chief commercial officer at the TPG-backed Tata Passenger Electric Mobility.

The price of the top-selling Nexon.ev is now down 1.4 per cent to 1.45 million rupees. Prices previously began at 1.47 million rupees, according to Tata’s website.

The company, which dominates EV car sales in India, also cut the price of its electric small car Tiago by 70,000 rupees. The base version now costs around 8.1 per cent lower at 799,000 rupees.

Launched in 2020, the Nexon.ev was India’s cheapest electric SUV until the launch of Tata’s Punch EV at 1.2 million rupees in 2024.

EV sales have slowed globally as well, with US carmaker Tesla leading a price-cut war to maintain its sales lead over rivals such as China’s BYD.

“Tata’s price cut in India could prompt its rivals to also price their cars more competitively and launch newer EVs at aggressive prices,” said Jay Kale, Vice President, Elara Capital.

However, this is in stark contrast to India’s EV two-wheeler market, in which IPO-bound Ola Electric and Hero-backed Ather are locked in a price war.

Tata, which began EV-only dealerships in September, plans to have 10 electric cars in its portfolio over the next three to four years. It also aims to bring up EV sales to 25 per cent of its total car sales by 2025 from 9.3 per cent in fiscal 2023.

Shares of Tata Motors, which competes with the likes of Mahindra and MG Motor, fell as much as 1.9 per cent after the announcement. REUTERS

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