Tata Motors is planning to launch their first-ever mainstream full electric vehicles in the form of the Tata Nano. While there were rumors of a Tata Nano Diesel in development all these years, Tata Motors has different plans altogether. Based on the recent spy shots by Team-BHP, it seems like the home-grown automaker is all set to launch an electric derivative of Nano. The Nano spied up-close is carrying an electric plug socket on the left rear fender, revealing its drive train.
First previewed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as a concept vehicle, the e-Nano or the Nano EV could see the light of the day any time this year. The Nano EV from Geneva was powered by super polymer lithium ion batteries with a range of 160 kms. The estimated 0-60 kmph acceleration was rated around 10 seconds. As for the spy shots, the electric Tata Nano spied appeared to be supporting a lower ground clearance as compared to the Nano GenX AMT. The increase in weight can be of the batteries which are placed lower to maintain the centre of gravity and give a good cornering ability to the car. The suspension is being compressed to the point where the wheels fills the wheel wells.
The Government of India gives good incentives and bonuses to buyers on electric vehicles under the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) program and hence more and more manufacturers are moving to launch the EVs. The latest to join the list is Mahindra with its e-Verito sedan. In four-wheelers, the incentives range from Rs. 13,000 to Rs. 1.38 Lakhs. Currently, Maruti Ciaz diesel SHVS, Maruti Ertiga SHVS, Toyota Camry, Mahindra e2o and Mahindra e-Verito enjoy the benefits of FAME initiative, and are also exempted from the odd-even rule in Delhi-NCR.