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Tata Nano may be back in an electric avatar; Ola to operate 400 in Delhi

Ola will reportedly take delivery of the first batch of 400 Neos from Jayem at the EV's launch

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Tata Nano car
Tata Nano. File photo

Once billed as the world's cheapest car, the is set to make a comeback in an electric vehicle (EV) avatar, according to reports. The electric, according to an Autocar India report, will be launched on November 28 under a new name — the However, Tata has a limited role in the Nano's comeback. According to the report, will only supply complete Nano body shells to Coimbatore-based These shells will be supplied sans the engine and transmission. Subsequently, the report adds, Jayem will manufacture and market the In fact, this version of the Neo will not carry the Tata badge. Citing sources in the know, the Economic Times reported that the electric motor and power train will be fitted into these empty shells at Jayem's facility in Coimbatore. The report added that the vehicle's launch announcement was likely to be made in the next few days. According to the Autocar report, Jayem will be sourcing the electric powertrain from Electra EV, which is a specialist firm that designs, develops, and supplies electric powertrains, battery packs, and charging infrastructure. Powered by an electric system that generates 17Kw (23hp), the new EV, according to the report, will be able to travel 140 km on a full charge with four occupants and air-conditioning.

The report described the Neo's power output as "modest" for a car its weight and added that this version of the would be available only for the commercial market. Further, according to the report, currently, the Neo will be sold under the Jayem brand, but is likely to come out with its own version of the Neo in the future. The new also reportedly already has orders in the pipeline. According to Motor Octane, Prime Minister is likely to inaugurate the Electric for on November 28 this year. The report adds that these EVs would be used by in NCR/New Delhi. Further, according to the report, Ola will deploy 400 Electric cabs in the initial stages. While the report did not mention the Jayem Neo, instead calling the new the Nano Electric, going by reports, it is indeed referring to the Neo. According to Autocar, Ola will take delivery of the first batch of 400 Neos from Jayem at the EV's launch. As reported in March this year, formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Jayem for developing special performance vehicles. According to agency reports, the JV firm, JT Special Vehicles, will develop a range of performance vehicles in a phased manner at a dedicated line, which was being explored at Coimbatore. As part of the agreement, and Jayem would work towards performance enhancement and appearance of series vehicles to offer an exciting and innovative range of niche aspirational products for passenger car customers.

First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 13:00 IST
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