Tata Nano Electric or the Jayem Neo is expected to soon hit the Indian roads. The initial batch of 400 cars will be sold to cab aggregator Ola to run in its Hyderabad fleet.
Despite the petrol version of the Tata Nano not doing quite well in the Indian market, it is likely that the small hatch will live on. Jayem, a Coimbatore based company is currently working on an electric version of the Nano for the Indian market. To be called the Neo and sold under the Jayem badge, the electric vehicle is expected to reach Indian roads within the next couple of months. Reports suggest that the first batch which consists of 400 of these cars will be sold to Ola, the cab aggregator for its Hyderabad fleet operations. Yes, you heard it right, at the moment, the Tata Nano electric will only run as a commercial vehicle and will not be available for private use.
The launch of the Neo is hardly a few months away from us. It’s being said that the electric Tata Nano aka Jayem Neo will debut at the by the end of this year. The Coimbatore-based company will supply 400 units of this car to Ola Cabs, the popular cab aggregator, on the day of the launch.
While the official price list will be out only on the day of the launch, speculations are rife that the Neo will cost roughly Rs 5 lakh. At this price point, the Nano-based hatchback will become the cheapest four-seater electric car in the market. While the electric Nano will be sold as the Jayem Neo, Tata Motors might launch its own version in the coming months. With this, the company will have as many as three EVs in its product portfolio – Nano EV, Tiago EV, and Tigor EV.
Powering the Jayem Neo aka Tata Neno Electric will be a 48-Volt electric motor that will output 23 bhp of maximum power. The new model is likely to have a kerb weight of roughly 800 KGs. The petrol-powered Nano, which comes with a 623cc twin-cylinder engine, weighs upto 765 KGs. The Neo will offer an ARAI-rated range of 200 KMs on a single charge. With four passengers and air-conditioning, the Electric Nano will offer a range of 140 KMs.
The exact features list will be made available only on the launch date, i.e., on November 28. However, we are pretty sure that the Neo will offer most of the features that are available on the Petrol-powered car. These include –
As Tata Motors will be supplying the bodyshells of the Nano to Jayem Automotives, it’s pretty much for sure that the Neo will share all its body panels with the Tata model. There might be some changes in the styling owing to slightly different headlamps, but overall, the Neo will look much like a Nano. Of course, there won’t be even a single Tata badge; the Neo will have Jayem badges and an Electra EV insignia for the electric power system. Also, expect the Neo to wear OLA decals as the initial 400 units will be supplied to the cab aggregator. Tata might launch a more powerful version under its own branding at a later stage.
So, what are your views on the Jayem Neo? Do you think the electric Tata Nano can push the sales of the small hatchback to new heights? Will you buy the electric version of the Nano at a price of roughly Rs 5 lakh? Share your views with us by pinning them down in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more electric cars in India.