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Tata Safari EV spotted, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming SUV

Highlights

  • Tata Safari EV has been spotted
  • The electric SUV has been spotted with a green number plate
  • It seems to be equipped with an EV conversion kit

Tata Safari EV launch could be drawing near. RushLane has published a few photos of the first electric variant of the Tata Safari SUV. The mysterious car was spotted at an unspecified place in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

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Tata Motors hasn’t announced the electric version of the Tata Safari. However, the spy shots reveal that the vehicle is equipped with a green number plate, which is used by electric vehicles in India. Since it does not have a red number plate, it appears that it is an official test mule by Tata. Rather, it appears that a third party may have built an EV conversion kit for the Tata Safari.

Tata Safari Electric seems to be equipped with EV conversion kit

Currently, Tata Motors offers two electric vehicles in India, namely, the Tata Nexon EV and the Tata Tigor EV. At present, the company’s Safari SUV is only available in a Diesel version in the country. The company is expected to soon announce a petrol variant that can be adapted to use CNG later. It is yet to be confirmed whether it will be launching the Tata Safari electric in the future or not.

After checking the number plate across different vehicle databases, the publication claimed that the car shown in the spy shots is an XZA+ variant with a 2.0L Kryotec BS6 diesel engine. However, since the vehicle has a green number plate, it is an electric vehicle.

In the above images, the Tata Safari can be seen with a green number plate with white font and the RTO’s hologram. This indicates that it is an electric PV (Passenger Vehicle). However, as mentioned above, Tata has never launched the electric edition of the Safari SUV. Hence, it appears that the car registered by the RTO seems to be equipped with an EV conversion kit.

For those who are unaware, an EV conversion kit can be used to convert a regular vehicle to an electric vehicle by replacing the combustion engine and related components with an electric motor and batteries. But using an EV conversion kit to turn a larger vehicle like a Safari into an EV is not an easy task because it requires building a custom electric harness with the right voltage architecture, motor and battery placement, weight distribution, modifying the brakes and suspension to handle the extra weight, etc.

Coming back to the Tata Safari electric seen in the above images, it appears that a third party may have purchased a Tata Safari XZA+ and modified it into an EV by using a conversion kit. It may then have registered with the RTO again as an electric vehicle. It could be a demonstration unit designed for investors, bankers, or government officials.

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