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Tata Nano electric variant to be launched as Taxi – Called Jayem Neo

Back in June last year, the first spy shot of Tata Nano electric was spied on road. Now, more than a year later, there is news about the launch of Nano electric.

Tata Motors and Jayem Automotive formed a JV earlier this year. The first product under this JV is going to be a Tata Nano electric variant. To be called Jayem Neo, this is a Tata Nano based electric car which has been engineered by Jayem Auto. Tata Motors have provided the body shell, while the remaining engineering is done by Jayem Automotive.

The new Tata Nano Electric car will be a cab only model for a start and will not be on sale for private buyers. Initially 400 units of the Jayem Neo EV will be inducted into the Ola fleet. It will compete with the Mahindra e2o.

Jayem Neo gets this new name as Tata Motors will only be supplying the body of this electric model. The other components such as the engine and transmission will be from Jayem Automobiles, a Coimbatore based automotive parts manufacturer. Jayem Neo will be a product of both Jayem and Tata Motors but will be marketed by Jayem and it will not feature any Tata branding.

Jayem Neo electric car, which will be only seen in a white color, will sport a 48V battery pack offering 23 hp. The electric vehicle will weigh a total of 800 kgs which is significantly more than the Tata Nano petrol which tips the scales at 636 kgs. It is the hefty battery pack that adds to this increased weight. Jayem Neo will be capable of 200 kms on a full battery charge but with 4 persons on board and with the AC on, this range will drop to 140 kms.

Jayem Automobiles will be initially supplying 400 such Jayem Neo EVs to Ola but could offer these vehicles to private buyers at a later stage. No pricing has been announced as on date and could be revealed when PM Modi launches the car later this month. Ola has also partnered with Mahindra and Mahindra for the supply of electric vehicles in Nagpur. The project will commence with 200 vehicle of which 100 will include Mahindra’s e2o Plus electric cars.

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