Tata Tigor EV has achieved a 4-star rating in both adult and child crash tests from Global NCAP, which is the first time an EV has been tested by the organization. The safety watchdog conducted the test as part of its ‘Safer Cars for India’ program. Accordingly, the Tigor EV has the same safety rating as the combustion-engine Tigor facelift, which was also rated four stars last year by GNCAP. Tata’s Tigor EV is the eighth model in the ‘Safer Cars for India’ programme, which began in 2014. The Tigor EV is the 44th model tested from this program.
Tata Tigor EV safety ratings explained:
According to Global NCAP, the latest Tata Tigor EV was assessed as a car with the most basic of safety features, including two airbags as standard.
The EV scored 12 out of a maximum 17 points for adult occupants, and 37.24 out of 49 points for child occupants, helping it earn the 4-star rating. The head and chest protection for adult and child passengers were rated as ‘good’ by Global NCAP and rated as ‘adequate’ for the driver. It was rated as ‘unstable’ in terms of its bodyshell and footwell area.
According to Global NCAP, the Tigor can be further improved by standardizing the model with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side-impact protection, three-point seat belts in every seating position, and ISOFIX connectors. Tata continues to show consistent safety improvements across its fleet, says Global NCAP Secretary General Alejandro Furas. It demonstrates that improvements can also be made to EV models even though they can pose a technical challenge because they are powered by electricity. David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation, compliments Tata Motors for its “continuing commitment to safety,” while emphasizing that “Safety and sustainability improvements are within reach for all manufacturers operating in the Indian market.”
Crash test observations:
Adult occupant protection: The driver and passenger were offered adequate protection for their heads. The necks of both front passengers appeared to be well protected. The chest of the driver was adequately protected, while the chest of the passenger was well protected. As the driver’s and passenger’s knees could crash into dangerous structures behind the dashboard, their knees were not adequately protected. There was good and adequate protection of the tibias of both drivers and passengers. There was a rating of unstable for the bodyshell, and this made it unable to withstand further loadings. There was a rating of instability for Footwell. Seat Belt Reminders (SBRs) are standard for both the driver and the passenger.
Child occupant protection: The child seats for the 3-year-olds and the 1.5-year-olds were installed rearward-facing, with the seatbelt on, and the seats prevented excessive forward movement during the impact. Protection for the chest and head was adequate. CRS (Child Restraint Systems) markings were permanent. According to the CRS recommendation, there were no incompatibilities. The vehicle only has lap belts in the rear centre position and does not come with ISOFIX anchors. The above factors explain why the children’s occupants received a 4-star rating.
2021 Tata Tigor EV battery details:
With the introduction of the Tigor EV, Tata Motors is rolling out its second electric vehicle for private purchasers after the Nexon EV. The compact sedan comes powered by the manufacturer’s Ziptron technology, which produces 75hp and 170 Nm of torque. In 2017, Tata Motors’ entry into the space led to the Tigor EV being reborn as the 2021 Tigor EV, the brand’s premium avatar of the Tigor EV. Tata Motors has introduced a variant with multiple powertrain technologies under its ‘Xpres’ market vertical targeting fleet segments, featuring a different specification called the Xpres-T.