Tata Nano EV concept was showcased at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
Tata Nano might be Tata Motors’ legendary small hatchback, but the car couldn’t fetch an impressive sales figure since its launch. But, surprisingly the automaker didn’t give up on this car and they tried to introduce new version later and an AMT gearbox as well. Now, the automaker is developing a fully electric powered Tata Nano, which would roll out in near future.
Tata Motors’ ambition of a Nano EV is not new, as the automaker showcased Nano EV concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Now a test mule of a Nano EV has been spotted for the first time in India, which suggests the auto manufacturer is readying a production ready electric version of the Nano. Rushlane posted the spyshot of the Nano EV test mule, which shows the car with a power socket at the rear left fender, which indicates the nature of a different powertrain. Moreover the gap between the wheel arches and the tyres are very little, which indicates toward the additional weight of the battery pack.
As several automakers have been developing the electric vehicles in recent past, the automakers present in India are also trying to break new ground in the country. Earlier the Mahindra & Mahindra launched its first all electric car in form of Reva E2O, while earlier this month the automaker launched its second electric car Mahindra Electric Verito; and now Tata Motors also seems to have taken the EV project.
Although there is no information available about the powertrain of the Tata Nano EV, but expect the battery pack to come positioned on the floor, below the front seats, and this way the Nano EV will come with the weight distributed properly.
In recent times India has seen several measures by the government and the courts to curb the rising pollution level in the country. The Delhi government launched the Odd-Even program in two phases to curb pollution in the national capital, while Supreme Court imposed ban on 2000 cc and above diesel engines in Delhi and NCR; more over the National Green Tribunal or NGT imposed similar ban in the Kerala.
The NGT has also planned to impose the ban on 2000 cc and above diesel engines in several other metro cities across the country. Meanwhile the Indian government is also encouraging the electric mobility in the country to promote the environment friendly mobility. Therefore the Tata Motors would take the advantage of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan or NEMMP 2020.