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Indian motorists are getting a $10,000 electric vehicle.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Serena Aburahma
Oct 20, 2022
Those looking for an inexpensive
electric vehicle
are in luck—but not
in the U.S
as this one, in particular, is overseas only.

A tiny EV for the masses

Per
Electrek
, the Tiago.ev is a new tiny hatchback all-electric car from Indian automaker Tata Motors. Its primary selling point? It's priced as low as $10,000—well below anything currently available in the U.S. or Canada.
It's an inexpensive electric vehicle that might significantly speed up electric vehicle adoption in India, a market where it’s been historically difficult for foreign automakers to gain a foothold.

You get what you pay for

As you can expect, a $10,000 electric city car doesn't offer much. Per Elektrek, the diminutive Tiago.ev has a similarly tiny battery pack at about 19 kWh—which is smaller than some electric motorcycle batteries.
But per the automaker, that won't stop it from reaching ranges of up to 155 miles using the Modified Indian Driving Cycle, but the publication expects real-world ranges of around 100 miles on the highway to be more realistic, if not a bit of a stretch.
According to Tata Motors, a variant of the Tiago.ev with a larger 24 kWh battery pack has a range of up to 194 miles. Per Elektrek, it's the same energy capacity as the battery pack from the first Nissan Leaf, a larger vehicle with a range of only 73 miles.
Tata provides DC quick charging for the Tiago.ev, stating it can add about 68 miles of range with just 30 minutes of charging. The automaker doesn't mention the maximum charge rate.

Definitely not feature-rich

For an electric car this cheap, don't expect many features. The Tiago.ev has much of the standard equipment consumers have come to expect from vehicles currently on the market.
Tata Motors is now accepting bookings from its Indian customers with deliveries set to begin in early 2023.

An EV island

The Indian automotive sector has lagged behind its competitors in terms of electrification, partly due to the country's strict protectionist regulations regarding its automotive industry. 
It makes it challenging for foreign automakers to introduce new vehicles in India without building them there.
Tesla has attempted to enter the Indian automotive market on several occasions, but regulations have barred them from doing so without first establishing a manufacturing operation there.
That means to electrify its passenger vehicles and reduce emissions from its transportation sector, India must mostly rely on its own auto industry. 
Tata Motors—the country's largest automaker—has introduced a few electric vehicles in the past, with around 45,000 of them on Indian roads.

Not available in North America

If you're in the market for a cheap new electric vehicle, the Tata Tiago.ev could be right for you—but you won't find it on American shores anytime soon. If you want to save some money, you should consider revisiting how much you spend on car insurance instead.
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