After partnering with Indian Oil Corporation to launch India’s first electric vehicle charging station in Nagpur earlier this week, homegrown cab aggregator Ola is looking to forge an alliance with Tata Motors to launch an EV version of Nano.
As per reports, the Tata Nano EV will be deployed in Delhi/NCR by the end of 2017, as part of Ola’s fleet of taxis.
With this, Tata Motors has joined a growing number of automotive giants, including Mahindra, Suzuki, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, that are working to align these businesses in line with PM Narendra Modi-led government’s electric mobility mission 2030.
In August this year, reports surfaced that the Mumbai-headquartered company had already begun testing its Nano Electric Vehicle in Coimbatore. As per sources, the road test was successfully performed in the presence of Tata Sons’ Chairman Emeritus Ratan N Tata.
Tata Motors has been dabbling with EVs for some time now. The Nano EV concept car, for instance, was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. At the time, it was powered by a super-polymer lithium battery and boasted a range of 160km on full charge.
In the last few years, the company has been focussing more on developing efficient EV technologies through its UK-based Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC). Consequently, Tata Motors unveiled its 100 km range electric car, Tiago EV, at a recent event in the UK and had earlier launch the Bolt EV.