Tata Motors has begun the trial production of the Nano CNG at its Sanand plant. The Nano, has not been able to meet the expectation the company had initially targeted, but with the launch of the Nano CNG things could certainly change.
The Nano currently has a mileage of 25 kmpl to a litre, and according to some internet sources the Nano CNG will come with a 35 litre CNG tank and together with a standard 15 litre petrol tank. The touring range on CNG alone will be 150km.
The Sequential gas injection system with calibrated EMS system for smart switching between CNG and petrol fuel systems will be used which means there will be minimal loss of power when switching from petrol to CNG.
To ensure safety, Tata Motors will use a software controlled CNG circuit which ensures CNG cut off even in case of diminutive leakages. The CNG kit will be intelligently packaged so that we do not compromise on luggage space. Question is where will kit be placed? We can expect it either under the rear seat or above the engine.
When launched the car will be priced with a premium of atleast 30-40K and we hope the company offers it on all the variants.
Tata motors had displayed the Nano with CNG at the 2012 auto expo. There is also buzz of the small wonder to be strapped with a diesel engine delivering a mileage of 40kmpl.