• Aug 15th 2010 at 6:32PM
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The Hindu Business Line is reporting that Tata Motors is expected to launch two electric vehicles (EVs) in select European countries by March of 2011. The company's vice chairman, Ravi Kant, told the publication that the EVs scheduled for launch include battery-powered variants of the Indica Vista hatchback and its Ace, a light-duty commercial mini-truck. The EVs will appear first in the UK, followed by an introduction in Scandinavian nations (Norway, Denmark and Sweden) at a later date. Tata Motors insists that both vehicles are at an advanced stage of development and will be ready for launch soon, which sounds eerily familiar to something we've heard before.

The company choose the UK as the initial debut site due to its substantial EV infrastructure and strong incentives that should boost sales. Tata Motors' commercial vehicles division president, Ravi Pisharody, notes that the company does not intend to launch the EVs in its home market of India due to its lack of a supporting infrastructure, saying:
The network of charging stations is practically absent in India. We cannot have electric vehicles without Government support, especially for setting up stations.
Though Tata Motors has indicated that battery-powered versions of its Indica and Ace are coming soon, it did not suggest any timeframe for the possible launch of the electric Nano, a vehicle which could be U.S. bound at some point.

[Source: Hindu Business Line via Green Car Advisor]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      this is good news.

      i hope it will do well. this would good for my tata stocks ^_^
      interesting all european countries get evs, but germany.

      there the FUD was the strongest. carmakers were cojoined with the media.
      they are loosing it i fear. and i fear for a lot of jobs...

      they alwasy wrote. heavy batteries, faulty batteries. no 200mph on the left lane. no 600 miles range. slow charging.

      well the more progress is made the more the DIESEL-fraction laggs behind
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its ironic that the car that may have killed the world may actually end up saving it instead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Adding on to what Neil has posted, this car was at the Geneva autoshow in 2009.

      Here is the link to the youtube video and the the person explaining about the car is from
      Norway from Miljøbil Grenland AS which Tata bought out in 2008 to integrate the ev car.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-9Vas_InN8

      http://www.miljobil.no/english/

      The drive train of the car is from Canadian company TM4 and batteries are produced in Norway with technology from Canadian company Electrovaya, Inc.

      The vehicle according to the video has a range of about 200km which is 125 miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the price ? Where are the specs ?

      Without those two, it is difficult to take Tata seriously at this point. Yes, they may have a few handbuilt Indica's for lease/sale ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is essentially the car they had at the X-Prize. ~134MPGe, if I recall correctly. If they can expand the pack a little bit, and have it seat four, then they'll do fine.

      Sincerely, Neil
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      nice to have more players but not a fan of the social worker look. it's so very conventional and blan. no aerodynamics.
      we really don't need the ugly small weak old EV image.
      not a fan at all.

      several automakers trying to push boring and expensive with fixed short range. it's really not what's going to get us there..

      blan electric drivetrain in conventional car would be ok when the revolution started in 2006. not today. they should have learned something in those 4 years.
      sigh
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I wonder why most of the Indian automakers tend to go with pretty conventional looks. It's hard to find bold looks on the Indian roads.