The new Tata NANO – The electric version is being developed for Norway and will be introduced this year, Tata said. The vehicle will be introduced in other markets subsequently.
The price of the Nano is just above $2,500 and Tata’s chairman Ratan Tata says he expects demand to exceed supply. Tata’s plant in the city of Singur in the state of West Bengal will eventually have the capacity to make 350,000 Nanos a year.
Tata Motors plans to make a second generation of its four-passenger Nano with a diesel engine. Tata is working with a French firm (I could not find out which one, but stay tuned…) in developing an electric Nano.
The diesel engine for the Nano is being developed by a German company and will use a fuel injection system.
The engine characteristics:
- 800 cc
- Turbo charged diesel engine
- Capable of at least 30 per cent more mileage compared to 800 cc gasoline powered cars.
Tata is reportedly working on cleaner and greener versions of the Nano to help deal with the issues of pollution and rising fuel prices. Tata has previously licensed the compressed air car technology developed by MDI and an air car based on the Nano seems like a good possibility.