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Tata Punch.ev | Changing The Way We Move | First Drive Review

Changing The Way We Move

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Previously, the Punch faced criticism for its powertrain options despite being an overall excellent product. However, this changes with the Punch.ev. A sub-compact SUV boasting a sub-ten second acceleration time is truly impressive. The electric torque is not only addictive but also smooth and refined, delivering a cabin experience akin to a high-end Audi, complete with minimal vibrations.

While there's no switch to deactivate traction control, a wise decision for tire longevity, aggressive acceleration does prompt the front to clamor for traction. Notably, the Apollo Amperion tires, designed specifically for electric vehicles, promise a potential 5% increase in range. The steering is weighty, responsive, and communicates well. The long-range version offers four discs, aiding in rapid stops.

For those familiar with recent Tata models, the suspension has always been top-notch. The Punch.ev doesn't just continue this legacy; it improves upon it. The ride remains flat, body roll is impressively controlled, and the platform's torsional rigidity becomes evident when navigating bends. Additionally, the load-bearing capacity is commendable, with the Punch.ev handling a full boot and three passengers with only a minor drop in height.

Let's pause for a moment. This isn't a sports car; it's an electric vehicle for the masses. Range anxiety is a common concern, but with a claimed range of 421 kilometers and a real-world usage of 350 kilometers, the Punch.ev delivers. Tata Motors has made significant strides in battery management, enhancing efficiency and minimizing depreciation. Even with aggressive driving, battery consumption stays below 1 kWh/kilometer, translating to just one weekly charge for daily commutes under 70 kilometers.

Charging the Punch.ev is surprisingly affordable. For a monthly commute of 500 kilometers, expect to spend only 600 rupees, a stark contrast to the 4500 rupees required for a traditional ICE vehicle. The cost-effectiveness of this electric vehicle is indeed noteworthy.



TopGear Magazine June 2024