Ratan Tata - Tata Motors working on hybrid powertrain for Nano
Ashwin Ram N P, Ashwin is a guy with a slightly unorthodox perception of everything. His struggle to choose a career path, between art and automotive engineering, has landed him in the field of auto journalism, where he has paved way for himself to practise both.
Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata, revealed a definite variant of the Tata Nano to a South Korean newspaper. Tata said the company's engineering team is working on a hybrid powertrain for the Tata Nano.
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Low-priced goods would create stronger demand than high-end products in India, and the so-called low-price revolution would continue across the world
Obviously, Mr.Tata is trying to convey that the Nano hybrid will cost less, despite having a complex engineering side to it. Earlier this year, sections of the Indian media carried stories on Tata Motors testing start-stop technology on the Nano. If not for the shutdown of the Singur plant, we could have seen a lot more variants of the Nano by now. Due to the unfortunate incidents in the now defunct West Bengal plant, Tata can only produce limited Nanos out of their existing facilities, and they have clearly stated their concentration and efforts are presently going towards meeting the demands of the waiting Indian customers.
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Apart from the aforesaid model, Tata is said to be working on more powerful petrol engines for the Nano. This includes a 3-cylinder engine that will be coupled to a 5-speed transmission, mostly for the European market. Tata, our sources claim, is readying a 2-cylinder 40bhp CRDI diesel engine ready for fitment on the Nano, but due to production constraints and lack of clarity, Tata is holding back the diesel motor.
Tata also plans to plonk an electric powertrain under the Nano's skin. By developing the Tata Indica EV and Indica Vista EV, the Tata engineering team would have learned a thing or two on low-cost EVs, which it will be keen to put into practice while constructing the Nano EV.
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Source - Reuters