In what is an interesting but not entirely surprising move, Tata Motors is working on a pure electric version of the Nano. A prototype of the same was spotted in public for the first time.
It appears that the Tata Nano EV has been in the works for quite some time now and the automaker has decided to take it to the next phase.
The test mule has a power socket on the rear left fender thereby divulging the nature of powertrain hiding under the boot. Another interesting point to note is the suspension travel of the Nano in spy shots. Compared to the existing Nano AMT variant, which is also the heaviest of all variants on offer today, the variant in the spy shot has compressed the suspension more (the gap between the wheel arch and the tyre is less), probably due to the added weight of the battery pack.
It’s too early to speculate about the technical specifications of the pure electric drive train but the rear wheel layout will be retained. The battery pack is likely to be located on the floor, below the front seats, to optimize weight distribution and centre of gravity.
Being an automaker with global aspirations, it’s imperative for Tata Motors to stay up to date when it comes to alternative propulsion technologies. While the company may not have any immediate plans to launch a pure electric EV, being in a state of readiness will help when the market conditions become conducive. Tata had showcased Nano EV concept back at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Speaking of conduciveness, the Tata Nano EV, if launched, would take advantage of the Indian government’s NEMMP 2020 (National Electric Mobility Mission Plan). The diesel ban which is likely to be extended to more cities could also tilt the equation in favor of EVs in the long run. Need of the hour, however, is a good network of charging infrastructure, at least in top metros.