With the introduction of BS6 fuel emission norms in the country in April 2020, Tata Motors discontinued its small car Nano and Safari Storme SUV. The Tata Nano, promoted as the world’s cheapest car, failed to generate sales for the carmaker in the country. But this car was essential for the company. Tata Nano was very close to the heart of Ratan Tata, the company’s chairman.
The car rolled off the production line in May 2018. This small hatchback was introduced with a 624cc, twin-cylinder petrol engine, which generated 38bhp power and 51Nm torque. This engine was mated to a 4-speed manual or AMT gearbox through which power was sent to the rear wheels.
According to a recent media report, the domestic automaker may consider reintroducing the Tata Nano with an electric powertrain. The Tata Nano EV will likely see significant changes in mechanical details, 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 acquiring the Ford plant in Maraimalainagar. It should be noted that the company has yet to make any official comment 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 Tiago EV’s prices, starting from Rs.8.49 lakhs and going up to Rs.11.79 lakhs. Deliveries of the electric hatchback will begin in January 2023.
Battery, Power & Range
The Tata Tiago EV offers two lithium-ion battery packs – 19.2kWh and 24kWh, which promise a range of 250km and 315km (MIDC), respectively. Tata’s Ziptron high-voltage technology powers the electric hatchback with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. This motor generates a power output of 61bhp/110Nm with the smaller battery pack and 774bhp/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).