The Tata Nano EV was first showcased at the 80th Geneva Motor Show in 2010 as a concept car. It was expect to have a range of up to 160 km and an acceleration of 0-60 kmph in under 10 seconds. The car would seat four individuals comfortably in its spacious interiors. The electric motor would have a maximum output of 23 horsepower and would be power by a 48-volt battery. The car would weigh around 800 kg.
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However, the Tata Nano EV was never launch as a commercial product by Tata Motors. Instead, the company collaborated with Coimbatore-based engineering and production house Jayem Automotives to produce a modified version of the Nano EV called the Jayem Neo. The Jayem Neo was launch on November 28, 2017 as a fleet vehicle for Ola Cabs. Tata Motors would supply complete Nano body shells without the engine and transmission to Jayem Automotives. Who would manufacture and market the EV.
Tata Nano EV Battery
The Jayem Neo had two versions planned: a 48-volt version and a more powerful 72-volt version for owner drivers. The 48-volt version had a 17kW battery under the front seats, an induction motor at the rear that made 24hp or 27hp in S mode, and a range of around 120-130 km. The 72-volt version was suppose to have more robust and expensive parts in the electric system, but it was never put on sale due to cost reduction issues.
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Tata Nano EV Dimensions
The Jayem Neo looked identical to the regular Nano, except for the badge and some minor changes in the front grille and bumper design. The car had a compact and stylish design that made it perfect for city driving. It had a length of 3.1 meters, a width of 1.5 meters, and a height of 1.6 meters. It had a unique front grille design and aerodynamic curves that gave it a modern and sleek look.
The Tata Nano EV project was closely monitor by chairman Ratan Tata, who even drove a modified electric Nano that belonged to him in Mumbai in February 2022. He shared his insights on electric vehicles and said that they are the future of sustainable driving. He also praised the efforts of Jayem Automotives for making the Nano EV a reality.
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The Tata Nano EV is still consider as an economical solution for those looking for a low-cost electric car. With a 150km single-charge range, it’s a good value. It has 110 kmph top speed and 115 Nm torque. It features 180 mm ground clearance and front disc and rear drum brakes.