Tata broadcasts Megapixel hybrid EV, alas, it's only a idea

Tata announces Megapixel hybrid EV, alas, it's just a concept
The Geneva Motor Present means one factor: incredible automobiles might be dangled in entrance of our faces, earlier than being snatched away and being informed that it will by no means see the sunshine of day, because it’s “solely an idea.” The newest car we might buy in the event that they’d allow us to is Tata’s Megapixel, a 4-seater compact hybrid EV that guarantees a variety of 560 miles (900km) on a single tank of gasoline. A hub motor sits atop every of the 4 wheels, pushed by a petroleum-electrical engine underneath the cabin, with a wi-fi inductive charging panel for topping up the batteries at residence. It is designed for the town: with a turning circle of one hundred eighty levels in a 2.eight meter area and sliding doorways for straightforward entry. Inside, there is a rear-projected dashboard with a joystick controller (that reminds us of BMWs iDrive) and a smartphone dock for connectivity. Head on previous the break to see the car in motion and marvel if it’s going to ever attain the market, like we’re doing. %Gallery-149974%

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Tata Megapixel, a brand new international automotive idea, displayed on the 82nd Geneva Motor Present

Geneva, March 6, 2012: Tata Motors at present introduced on the 82nd Geneva Motor Present the Tata Megapixel, a brand new 4-seater metropolis-sensible international vary prolonged electrical car (REEV) idea for the efficiency-looking for and surroundings-acutely aware motorist anyplace on the earth. Combining a lithium ion phosphate battery and an on-board petrol engine generator for recharging on the transfer, the Tata Megapixel presents a variety of as much as 900 km (with a single tank of gasoline), path-breaking CO2 emission of simply 22 gm / km and gasoline financial system of one hundred km / litre (beneath battery solely energy).

Talking on the event, Mr. Prakash M. Telang, Managing Director – India Operations, Tata Motors, stated, “The Tata Megapixel, developed by our design centres in India, the UK and Italy, is our concept of a metropolis automotive for discerning motorists in any megacity of the world. It’s a results of the progress we have now made on the Tata Pixel, displayed final yr, and in addition denotes the corporate’s future design course.”

The category-main ‘Zero Flip’ drive system of the Tata Pixel (proven on the 2011 Geneva Motor Present) has been taken to a fair greater degree of manoeuvrability within the Tata Megapixel. The automotive’s electrical drive has 4 unbiased electrical motors, one at every wheel. When parking, the electrical hub motors drive the wheels in reverse instructions, whereas the entrance wheels are turned at an acute angle, enabling an distinctive 2.eight metre turning radius. The at-house charging system is an as progressive induction charging system. The automotive has merely to be parked over the induction pad for charging to start.

The Tata Megapixel is as distinctive in elegantly melding Indian uniqueness – in colors, graphic themes or supplies – with international styling preferences. The built-in lamp and grille graphics sweep again over the entrance wheel arches to render a dynamic entrance finish. It’s echoed on the panoramic roof, making a concord between solar & shade and sense of inside area. The floating C-pillar and wrap-round belt line finisher combine completely with the sculpted physique floor, flowing freely to the rear and encapsulating the 5-spoke wheel design.

A double-sliding door system and the automotive’s B-pillar much less design make entry/exit straightforward, apart from excellent visibility. The battery format and hub motors maximize the inside package deal. So, the Tata Megapixel comfortably accommodates 4 adults with baggage. The entrance seats are cantilevered on the central tunnel, releasing flooring area for extra storage. Mild leather-based trims and rose metallic particulars intensify the joyous marriage of richness of custom and innovativeness of know-how.

This fusion is heightened by a complicated human machine interface (HMI). The console docking level can join a sensible telephone with the automotive. The constructed-in giant touchscreen HMI, on the centre of the instrument panel, thus turns into a standard entry level for the repertoire of the sensible system and for controlling the features of the automotive, like temperature, air flow, driving modes and efficiency.

Tata Motors’ shows additionally embrace the brand new era Tata Safari Storme SUV, the Tata Aria crossover, the Tata Indigo Manza sedan and the Tata Indica Vista hatchback.

About Tata Motors Tata Motors is India’s largest vehicle firm, with consolidated revenues of Rs. 1,23,133 crores ($ 27 billion) in 2010-eleven. Via subsidiaries and affiliate corporations, Tata Motors has operations within the UK, South Korea, Thailand, Spain and South Africa. Amongst them is Jaguar Land Rover, the enterprise comprising the 2 iconic British manufacturers. It additionally distributes Fiat automobiles in India, and has an industrial three way partnership with Fiat in India. With over 6.5 million Tata automobiles plying in India, Tata Motors is the nation’s market chief in business automobiles and among the many prime three in passenger automobiles. Additionally it is the world’s fourth largest truck producer and the third largest bus producer. Tata automobiles, buses and vans are being marketed in a number of nations in Europe, Africa, the Center East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. (www.tatamotors.com)

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