Tata Motors has tied up with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives to relaunch the Tata Nano as an electric car called the Neo, the Business Standard reported. Tata Motors will supply the body shells of the Nano, and Jayem Automotives will add the power train and the electric motor for the new car.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Neo as part of the Ola Cabs fleet in Hyderabad on November 28, automobile magazine Autocar India reported. The new car will be known as the Jayem Neo.
“Tata Motors has plans to be a significant player in the electric vehicle market and plans to develop a series of products in passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Electric Vehicles space,” a statement from Tata Motors sent to Autocar India said. “It has already won a prestigious order of 10,000 Electric Vehicles from the Government of India. Specific to the Neo order, Tata Motors has supported Jayem Auto with body shells and associated components.”
The two companies had formed a joint venture in March to develop special performance vehicles. The Neo is designed to run 150 kilometres on full electric charge and will be marketed by Jayem.
“The Neo is powered by an electric drive system developed and supplied by Electra EV, a technology company that develops and produces electric drive systems,” the statement from Jayem Automotives said.