Tata Nano EV will be launched as the Jayem Neo this year

Tata nano EV concept at Geneva Motor Show 2010
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3 years ago

I like it. It looks like a slightly more compact rendering of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV . . . the EV I own and has proven to be a marvelous car (mine, a 2012, purchase used 2 years ago, has now logged 10K trouble-free miles.) What doesn’t become apparent until you actually spend some time around them is that egg-shaped subcompacts like this Tata and the i-MiEV are among the most efficient in accommodating passengers and belongings in as small a space as possible. Function dictates form.

I live in the southwest US . . . the land of wide open desert spaces and oversized SUVs. Little EVs like this can work just as well here as they would on crowded Asian city streets. Range per charge is a potential issue for some, but better batteries that are only getting cheaper will address that before too long. The biggest obstacle is the mainstream automotive press, which touts luxury and aggressive performance over practicality and utility. Too many consumers – especially in the US – buy into that snake oil.

3 years ago

I think that cars in the format of a Volkswagen Up, Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 and so on would be a good car as EV. Most of the time you don’t need a bigger car because there is only one person in car or one adult an children, but at the same time you can drive in it on the motorway, if necessary.