“We see an eventual splitting of ICE (internal combustion engine) and EV, which is simply driven by the platform. If EV has to carry over an ICE architecture, it will always be handicapped in terms of its full potential, in terms of range, in terms of battery layout,” Uhlarik told PTI.
Converting EV on an ICE product platform, which has provisions such as the traditional transmission tunnel and firewall, has limitations, he added.
“So if you want to do a proper EV or do a pure EV platform, at some point you’ll have to see the products split, not just visually but eventually you have to actually make it unique,” Uhlarik said.
He said the split is already happening in the industry for most competitors globally but declined to share the timeline for Tata Motors to follow suit.
Tata Motors current EVs such as the Nexon EV, Tiago EV and Tigor EV are based on ICE platforms. Last year, the company unveiled its all-new electric vehicle architecture on which it plans to introduce multiple advanced EVs starting from 2025. The home-grown auto major aims to drive in multiple body styles on the AVINYA Concept, which is based on its GEN 3 architecture. The first model based on the new architecture is expected to hit the markets in 2025.
The company also showcased its electric SUV, Concept CURVV with enhanced driving range and technology, which would be followed up with internal combustion engine trims.
The ICE version of the Concept CURVV was showcased at the Auto Expo held earlier this year, where the company had also unveiled Sierra EV, all-wheel drive electric SUV Harrier along with the AVINYA concept.
On the future design of passenger vehicles, Uhlarik said, “When we look at where design is going, we see electrification and connectivity, appreciation of interior materials, and a sort of less car-like design approach, (with) very minimalistic interiors…
“When you see the future of interior design, it’s all more like a home — materials comfort, simplicity, ease of use, (and) the user interface has to be very intuitive.”
On the exterior, he said “we’re going to see it become much more efficient. So aerodynamics is going to play a huge factor. Everything just becomes much cleaner, much simpler.”