Tata Punch Shines with 5-Star BNCAP Crash Test Rating

Tata Motors, India’s top car manufacturer, has earned a 5-star rating for its Punch.ev electric vehicle (EV) in the Bharat NCAP crash test results. This significant achievement not only makes Tata Motors the first company to be certified under the Indian New Car Assessment Program, known as BNCAP, but also underscores the safety benefits of these vehicles. 

About BNCAP Test 

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has introduced a homegrown star-rating system for crash-testing cars. This system, called BNCAP, assigns vehicles a safety rating of one to five stars based on their performance in collisions. Implemented on October 1, 2023, BNCAP is a voluntary program where automakers can nominate their cars for testing. These tests follow protocols outlined in the soon-to-be-published Automotive Industry Standard 197. The program is designed for passenger vehicles with up to eight seats, including the driver’s seat, and a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms. However, only the base model of each variant will be tested.

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Scores Received By The EV On Different Metrics

The care received the following rating various fronts:

  • Frontal offset deformable barrier test results: 15.71/16
  • Side movable deformable barrier test scores: 15.74/16
  • Child occupant protection test scores: 45/49
  • Child restraint system test scores: 24/24
  • CRS installation scores: 12/12
  • Vehicle Assessment scores: 9/13

The company’s MD, Shailesh Chandra, stated, “We welcome stricter government safety standards and are proud to be the first manufacturer to lead the BNCAP protocol with superlative results. We are delighted to produce India’s safest vehicle—an EV—in the Punch.ev, while the Nexon.ev continues its legacy of safety with its 5-star rating.”

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