Electric cars are definitely the future of mobility. In the last couple of years, we have seen manufacturers like Tata, MG, Mahindra, and Hyundai come forward with electric vehicles in the market. Tata is currently the leader in the electric car segment. Even before any electric car from Tata Motors was launched, the manufacturer had initiated a plan to launch an electric version of Nano. In order to execute this plan, Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotive was approached. Tata Nano was never meant to be an electric vehicle, but Jayem Automotives managed to convert the ICE version of Nano into an EV. One of these Tata Nano EVs is now available for sale in the used car market.
The advertisement for this Tata Nano EV has been posted by a seller from Vijaya Nagar, Bengaluru. It should be noted that this car is originally known as the Jayem Neo and not Nano EV. Jayem had built these cars at a time when EVs were not very popular. It did not make sense to sell these cars to the general public due to the high price tag. In order to resolve this issue, they got in touch with fleet buyers with the aim of using them as taxi vehicles.
The cars were delivered during the peak Covid time, and not many people came to know about them. The Jayem Neo or Tata Nano Electric is a low-power EV that uses a 17.7 kWh battery pack. The battery pack is placed under the driver and co-passenger seat of the Nano. The battery is safely sealed inside a metal case to avoid any accidents. The Nano EV supports fast charging, but the port is different from the ones we see on modern cars. It uses a GBT port, and the 15 AMP charger has a regular port. Both these ports are placed under the bonnet.
The Tata and Nano badges from the body panels have been removed. The car is based on the XM variant of Nano. From the looks of it, the car looks just like any other regular Nano on the road. The dimensions, design, and even the interior of the car remain the same. The only noticeable change inside the cabin is the new digital instrument cluster that has been developed for this car. Tata offered the basic shell and essential electricals and mechanicals to Jayem, and they installed the EV kit into the car.
Tata Nano was a perfect city car. We already know why it did not become a successful product in our market. Coming to the details of this Jayem Neo or Nano electric hatchback, this is a 2020 model electric vehicle. The seller mentions that the car offers a range of 165 km with fully charged batteries. It looks like a decent range for an electric car meant to be driven inside the city limits. The car is registered in Karnataka and is currently with its first owner. The car has power steering, AC, and comprehensive insurance too. The seller mentions that the car has only done 700 km, and the asking price for this rare car is Rs 4.77 lakh. Interested buyers can get in touch with the seller by clicking here.