Tata Motors has completed a secret test of the electric Nano in a discreet location in Coimbatore. Ratan Tata was also present during the tests.
According to the sources close to the development, the road tests of the electric Nano were successful but denied to reveal any information. With the new Nano, Tata Motors will also join the race to develop electric vehicles.
The electric Tata Nano will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries powering the electric motor. The electric iteration of the Nano will rival the Mahindra e2o Plus, the only EV in the country.
The testing of the electric Nano comes at a time when there were reports about phasing out the cheapest car, a pet project of Ratan Tata. But now the electric vehicle from Tata Motors could be the next big thing in the automobile industry.
Tata Motors could retail the new Nano as an affordable electric vehicle for the urban environment. The overall aesthetics of the Nano is ideal for an EV with its compact design and inexpensive platform.
The electric version of the Nano could change the fortunes of the small car in India, but it depends on how Tata Motors will go with the pricing of the electric vehicle. The automaker is yet to reveal details about the introduction of an EV in India.
Several automakers around the globe are working on electric vehicles. Now, Tata Motors also joins the race to develop an EV. The Indian government is also planning to have all-electric vehicles on the roads by 2030. But the question is can Nano succeed in its electric avatar?