Tata Motors looks all set to launch an all-electric version of the Nano in India. The Nano EV was first showcased at the Geneva Auto Show in 2010 as a concept. Six years down the line, the Tata Nano EV looks all set to enter the market as the first fully electric offering from the India manufacturer. Electric and Hybrid cars slowly seem to be picking up momentum in India. This is mainly down to the increased awareness among the Indian population and Government initiatives such as the FAME scheme. Tata hasn’t made anything official yet, but going by the spy shots, we think it the Tata Nano Electric launch is not too far away from us. Here are more details on the Tata Nano Electric Launch, price, specifications and features.
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Tata Nano Electric Launch and Price in India
Recent spy shots of the Tata Nano EV depict a lightly camouflaged test mule. This could mean the launch is not too far away from us and could happen by the end of 2016. However, given the fact that most of the changes are mechanical it would make sense to not camouflage the body heavily. Nevertheless, we expect the Tata Nano Electric to be available in showrooms latest by early 2017.
Ever since the all-electric Nano made its first appearance in Geneva six years ago, there have been constant rumours surrounding its launch. The recent info is by far the most concrete evidence of the Nano Electric’s impending India launch. With the FAME scheme now in place, the electric variants of the Nano are likely to benefit from it greatly. We expected the Tata Nano Electric price to be somewhere in the INR 4 – 5lacs region.
Tata Nano Electric Specifications
The Nano EV will boast an electric motor that will be powered by lithium batteries. The concept showcased many years ago came with a range of around 160 km and a 0-100 km/h time of under 10 seconds. We’re not sure what the exact specifications will be like. But they will be at least as good, if not better, than that of the Mahindra e2o‘s. Mahindra’s all-electric hatchback boasts a range of 80 kms and a top speed of 75 km/h. Dimensionally, we expect the Nano EV to be identical to the current Nano GenX. However, it will be heavier than the petrol powered Nano owing to the weight of the batteries. Also, the electric Nano will only be available with an automatic transmission.
Design and Styling
In terms of the car’s looks, there won’t be any major differences. The Nano Electric will have the same body as the Nano GenX. Badging bearing the official name of the Tata Nano Electric and an external charging point are likely to be the only differentiating factors. The other obvious factor will be the lack of engine noise. On the inside, expect a readout for the battery level and other relevant indicators.
Petrol powered Tata Nano GenX currently retails for INR 1.99 – 2.89 lacs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available with a 624 cc two-cylinder engine that puts out 38 BHP and 51 Nm and can be had with either a 4-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. An all-electric Nano will help Tata reach out to more customers by offering an environmentally friendly personal mobility solution.