Tata Nano hybrid in the making, to be called e-REV?
Tata Motors is not losing heart where their small and compact Nano, which has seen dismal sales in the past few months. The cheapest city car manufactured by Tata Motors did not receive the expected response despite various updates added to the Nano and new strategies introduced to attract buyers. Selling about 22,000 units last fiscal, when the production capacity is at 240,000 units annually.
It has now come to light that Tata Motors has shut down its manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat from where the Nano is produced for a period of 35-40 days. This is due to low demand and piling up inventory besides for retooling facilities at the plant to gear it up for manufacture of a new version of the Nano slated for launch during the upcoming festive season.
Tata Motors plans to spruce up the Nano and is said to be working on a turbocharged version of the small car giving the engine a mechanical boost. The engine currently available on the Nano is a 624cc, 2 cylinder turbocharged petrol unit having output of 38 bhp. The new supercharged engine will be more powerful and dynamic, while Tata Motors is also slated to launch Nano Twist with AMT and Nano Twist Active with openable boot also this year.
Besides these above versions of the Tata Nano, a hybrid variant called Nano e-Rev is also in the making and is currently in research stage with no launch plans revealed as on date. It will have a range of 88 kms approximately on pure electric power. Tata will also sell the Nano hybrid in developed countries of Europe.
Nano e-Rev and other electric and hybrid models from Tata Motors will only be launched in India depending on introduction of incentive policies by the Government. Apart from the above mentioned variants, Tata is also working on Nano with AMT.