The all-electric Indica Vista by Tata Motors has taken a large step forward with the naming of TM4 as its supplier of motors, controllers and power electronics. TM4 is a subsidiary of Hydro-Quebec and joins battery supplier Electrovaya as the second Canadian company involved with the project. Miljø Innovasjon, the Tata subsidiary charged with overseeing the demonstration program, will produce over 100 of the vehicles beginning this year.

The motor being used is part of the innovative TM4 MΦTIVETM series. The MΦ120 version, thought to be used in the vehicle, weighs only 57 lbs but can put out 160 horsepower with 125 lb ft of torque. In the Indica Vista it should be limited to 80 ponies though. When the car appeared at the Bologna Motor Show it was claimed to have a 0 to 60 time of about 10 seconds and a 120-mile range. Hopefully more firm numbers will come out as the program progresses. Hit the jump for the press release.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

PRESS RELEASE:

Montréal, January 15, 2009

TM4 partners with Tata Motors and Miljø in electric vehicle demonstration project

TM4 has been selected by Miljø Innovasjon, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, to provide electric motors, power electronics and vehicle controllers for an electric car demonstration program to be launched in Norway in 2009–2010. Under this program, Miljø will produce over one hundred units of an all-electric version of Tata Motors' new Indica Vista.
For this project, Tata Motors and Miljø will benefit from TM4's latest generation of motors for the automobile industry, the leading-edge TM4 M–§TIVE TM series. This series is the product of a decade of R&D efforts. Incorporating TM4's patented technologies, the motor has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class and industry-leading efficiency.
TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, develops and supplies high-performance electrodynamic conversion and power control systems for the international electric drivetrain and distributed power generation markets.

Tata Motors Limited is India's largest automaker, with revenues of US$9 billion in 2008. The company is a leader in the passenger vehicle market and is also the world's fourth-largest truck manufacturer and second-largest bus manufacturer.

Miljø Innovasjon, in which Tata Motors holds a controlling interest through its subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre, produces electric versions of vehicles manufactured and sold by Tata Motors.


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