Tata Nano Electric is the next big thing from the Indian manufacturer
The Tata Nano hasn’t really met expectations of its parent company. While automotive critics have constantly and repeatedly claimed that the Nano is one of the best product related successes in the Indian market, the success didn’t really translate onto Tata Motors’ sales sheet. But being a brave group of companies, Tata has now decided to make the Nano a lot more appealing. And thus the Tata Nano Electric appears to be the manufacturer`s attempt to boost the popularity and sales of their cutesy little hatch.
The information regarding a Tata Nano Electric being on the to-do list of Tata Motors came after a recent set of spyshots went viral on the Internet. These spyshots showcased a Nano test mule which featured minimal camouflage on the front and rear end body panels and bumpers. But what was interesting to note here was an open fuel filler cap area, which housed something that appeared to be an electric power socket.
Tata Nano Electric – Why are we sure about Tata’s plans?
There is no badge on the Nano test mule spotted recently that claims it to be an electric vehicle. But we can confidently claim that the Nano spyshots indeed showcase an Electric variant. And we claim this due to two chief reasons:
1. As mentioned above, the fuel filler cap of the Nano test mule is missing. There is no chance that a petrol/diesel powered vehicle is being tested with the fuel filler lid. Moreover, the inside area houses a pipe like thing, which can just not be the fuel filling tube. If the spotted variant was indeed a petrol/diesel unit, the fuel would have likely be risked to be evaporated, and could have even been dangerous to drive around on public roads. Being a responsible manufacturer, Tata Motors would have never allowed such a test mule on the roads.
2. We currently know that the Tata Nano AMT variant is the most heavy variant on offer in the Nano lineup. But if we see closely at the Nano AMT and the car in the aforementioned spy shots, it is clear that the test mule gets a very small gap between the tyre and the wheel arch, while the same gap is sufficiently large in case of the Nano AMT. This gap on the test mule has been reduced due to the fact that it carries a heavy load of batteries that supplies juice to the electric motor on the Nano Electric Vehicle.
It is obvious that the market currently isn’t really inclined towards pure electric vehicles, but with increasing fuel costs, and the infamous NGT-Supreme Court ban on diesel powered vehicles, customers will soon start accepting the concept of EVs as city commuters. And with the small dimensions, light weight, and a relatively unsuccessful fossil fuel powered car, the Tata Nano indeed appears to be an ideal design that can be fabricated as an Electric Vehicle itself.
Tata Nano Electric Car Price In India (Expected)
|Approximate Price||INR 4.75 lakh - 6 lakh|
Tata Nano Electric Launch Date
As we know that the company has started testing the Nano EV, we expect it to be launched in late 2016 or in the first quarter of 2017.