With the implementation of BS6 emission norms in April 2020, Tata Motors discontinued the Nano small car and the Safari Storme SUV in the country. Tata Nano, which was promoted as the world’s cheapest car, failed to generate sales for the carmaker in the country. The car rolled off the production line in May 2018. The small hatchback was offered with a 624cc, twin-cylinder petrol engine that was good for 38bhp and 51Nm. Power was routed to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
According to a recent media report, the homegrown automaker may be evaluating reintroducing the Tata Nano with an electric powertrain. The Tata Nano EV is likely to see significant changes in the underpinnings, suspension setup and tyres. The report further states that if the Tata Nano EV plan reaches the production stage, the carmaker may resume its talks with the Tamil Nadu government regarding the acquisition of the Ford facility in Maraimalainagar. It is to be noted that there is no official word on the Tata Nano electric car.
Currently, the company sells three EVs in India – Tigor EV, Xpres-T and Nexon EV. Recently, Tata announced the prices of the Tiago EV which starts from Rs.8.49 lakhs and goes up to Rs.11.79 lakhs. Deliveries of the electric hatchback will begin in January 2023. The Tata Tiago EV is being offered with two lithium-ion battery packs – 19.2kWh and 24kWh with a promising range of 250km and 315km (MIDC) respectively.
The electric hatch features Tata’s Ziptron high-voltage technology with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that produces 61bhp/110Nm with the smaller battery pack and 74bhp/114Nm with the larger battery pack. The Tiago EV comes with three charging options – 50kW DC fast charger (80 in 57 minutes), 7.2kW AC fast charger (2 hours 35 minutes – 19.2kWh and 3 hours 35 minutes – 24kWh) and 3.3kW home charger (100kWh). %) in 5 hours 5 minutes – 19.2kWh battery/ 6 hours 20 minutes – 24kWh battery).