It is expected that Tata Indica Vista Electric will be available in the Indian auto market by May or June 2010.
Tata Motors has not yet disclosed its exact price but it is expected that Tata Indica Vista Electric price will fall in the range of Rs 6 to 7 lacs.
Homegrown auto company, Tata Motors displayed a new vehicle based on electric power in Delhi Auto Expo 2010. The electric car is based on New Tata India Vista and hence named as Tata Indica Vista Electric (electric). The new electric car by Tata was also showcased at 79th Geneva motor show last year. The car is being developed and produced in Norway by Tata Motors' UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre. Miljo Innovasjon, the subsidiary of Tata Motors who is developing the car, had selected TM4 to provide electric motors. The semi-knocked down kits are to be exported from India to Norway for assembling. The first electric vehicle by Tata's is believed to be launched in India by 2011. The car will be launched in Norway first during 2010 and will have left hand drive.
Tata's Indica Vista is a flagship model of the company and won overwhelming customer response and two prestigious auto awards in India. The Tata Indica Vista Electric will become the second electric car to be exported from India followed by Reva's G-Wiz. The electric variant of Tata Indica Vista is equipped with Prem magnet motor a.k.a. super polymer lithium ion batteries which is regarded as superior than traditional batteries. Owing to this kind of super batteries, the electric Tata Indica Vista Electric will be more powerful and faster than its gasoline and diesel variants exist in India. The battery pumps out 55 kw of peak power at 4,000 rpm and generates 160 Nm of top torque at 1750 rpm. The battery capacity is, according to Tata Motors, 26.5 kwh.
The electric car of Tata will have a peak speed of around 151 kmph. In a single charge, the car is claimed to go up to 200km that is an attractive piece of engineering by Tata Motors. The charging time of batteries may be around 8 hours. Equipped with super power batteries, the car will touch 0-30kmph sprint in just 4.5 seconds and 0-60 kmph in just under 10 seconds, another amazing fact about the car. The car has one speed FWD.
The five door electric hatchback has a seating capacity of 4 passengers. The vehicle is learnt to have 2 airbags only for driver and front passenger. Apart from flowing lines and sports dynamic, the car is not different from its predecessor. The front face of the car comes in the typical Tata style-smiling face. The smiling face of the car become alive with headlamp, grille, fog lamps and lower grille. Body colour rear side view mirrors, door handles and bumper give the vehicle the required appeal. The car is more spacious and decorated with stunning interior features. A pretty luggage space is another impressive feature.
Electric vehicles are free from the worry of mileage and battery consumed as both the things are understood. Mileage will be many times better than petrol and diesel vehicles with zero emissions. Apart from that per kilometer cost is much lower. So here, the Tata Indica Vista Electric will be equipped with super polymer lithium ion batteries which is regarded as the best and sophisticated so far. The powerhouse of the electric vehicle generates a peak power of 55kw and churns out maximum torque of 160 Nm. The vehicle can be driven upto 200km after a single charge which might take around 8 hours.
As per Tata Motors, the Tata Indica Vista Electric will be loaded with super polymer lithium ion batteries named as Prem Magnet Motor. These motors are being developed by a company called TM4. The super polymer lithium ion batteries are the latest one's and are lightweight, has high energy density and lack of thermal runaway issues.
The powerful and advanced batteries produces a peak power of 55kw at 4,000 rpm and pumps out 160 Nm of top torque at 1750 rpm. As a result, the electric version of Tata Indica is believed to be more powerful and agile than its petrol and diesel variants at present. The 26.5 kwh's battery can produce a top speed of 151 kmph. You can roam up to 200 km with fully charged battery of the car. The battery can be charged in around 8 hours. It also shows its power and acceleration strength by touching 0-30 kmph and 0-60 kmph sprint in just 4.5 seconds and 10 seconds respectively.
The Tata Indica Vista Electric will be powered by a Prem Magnet Motor, developed by TM4, that capable enough to belts out 55kw of maximum power and 160 Nm of peak torque. In a single charge, it can give a range of 200 km whereas it might take around 8 hours to charge the super polymer lithium ion batteries. The top speed of the car is expected to be 151 kmph. Similarly, the 0-30kmph acceleration would be chased in 4.5 seconds while the vehicle will cover 0-60 sprint in mere 10 seconds.
The Tata Indica Vista Electric is the first electric car from Tata Motors which is based on new Tata Indica Vista. The new electric car is more or less same as its base model except some flowing lines and heart of the bonnet. The exterior appearance of the car is similar to its base model and possesses the same smiling face at front which is comprised of smiling grille, headlamps, lower grille and fog lamps. A chrome finished strip is added at the top of honeycomb radiator grille. Right below the upper grille, bumper is fitted with round fog lamps. The larger headlamp cluster houses headlight and turn indicators. The bumper of the vehicle will be in body colour with a black strip at front and rear side. The electric car is blessed with opposing rain wipers in black shade. Rear side view mirrors are in body colour while the mirrors handles are in black shade. The RVMs is expected to be electric powered. The car has got a large glass house for driver's convenience. Apart from RVMs, the door handles are also in body colour.
The hatch portion of the car is also designed in a artistic way. Tail-lights are packed in a vertical shaped cluster which houses brake light, reserve light and turn indicator. The top of the tail-light cluster touches the roofline. As a result. the hatch is larger and provides wide opening. Body colour rear bumper is fitted with reflectors and number plate. Body colour roofline is present at the top of the car that also gives it a stunning look. Rear wiper is also there.
The Tata Indica Vista Electric is based on new Tata Indica Vista hence the dimensions of the car must be similar to that one only. So it can be predicated that the car's overall length would be around 3795 mm, width 1695 mm and height 1550 mm. While the expected ground clearance is around 165mm.
According to insiders, the interior of the Tata Indica Vista Electric is mind blogging. The interiors design is expected in dual tone treatment with thin surface of floor. The dashboard of the car will be more spacious and would sport traditional instrument panel located at the center. Ac vents will found their place at both sides of the audio system in rectangular shape. However, no footrest for the driver. It is also reported that car will have power steering which is to come in three spokes. But don't expect steering mounted audio controls. A larger storage space must be there in front of front passenger as this is identical to Tata cars. Bottle holder at right down the center of dashboard and door pockets might support magazine like stuff only. The audio system would be standard comprising CD/MP 3 player with six-speakers. USB/bluetooth connectivity would enhance the multimedia features.
For all the seats, headroom and legroom would be ensured but doubtful those who are more than six feet tall. The seats must be ample cushion and large back rest. We don't expect power windows and foldable seats as well in Tata Indica Vista Electric. But as the trademark of Tata, doors opening will be up to 90 degree for easy access.
As far as comfort in Tata Indica Vista Electric is concerned, it will be of top quality and class leading. Tata's never compromise on this aspect as Tata cars are known as people's car altogether. So we can expect more headroom and legroom area for all the passengers. The roof of the car is to come in thin layer which is a move to provide enough headroom for all. Apart from that, slender flooring would be added for the same. Even though, three passengers at rear seat would be a bad idea. Storage space would not be a big concern as plenty of space for storage might be there to name a few including bottle holder, magazine holder at doors, glovebox and massive boot. The boot would be more spacious and neat looking. The boot space is also more on account of vertical rear indicator cluster. Spring loaded grab handle bars are general for the Tata cars in India.
Tata Indica Vista Electric is a four seater compact car which is spacious and stylish as well. The car is powered by electric motor. Due to its slender roof, headroom for all is quite understood, Apart from that, thinner flooring and seat adjustment contribute to provide plenty of legroom. The doors of the car open up to 90 degree angle which ensure carefree access in the car.
The new innovation of Tata Motors will prove a milestone in the company's growth as Tata Nano. The Tata Indica Vista Electric will be equipped with Prem Magner Motor, super polymer lithium ion battery type, developed by TM4. It is to be mentioned here that super polymer lithium ion batteries are the most advanced batteries on account of high energy density, lack of thermal runaway issues and light-weight.
The super battery generates a top power of 55 kw at 4,000 rpm and produces a peak torque of 160 Nm at 1750 rpm. The battery capacity is 26.5 kwh. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 151 kmph. Apart from the top speed, the acceleration of the car is very stunning like it can touch 0-30kmph sprint in just 4.5 seconds and 0-60 kmph in 10 seconds. The range of the car is 200 km in a single charge. It takes 8 hours to charge the battery fully. The vehicle is supposed to come with one speed FWD.
The five door Tata Indica Vista Electric is powered by an electric motor only. A huge investment and planning is underway that suggest at least standard audio system for the car. CD player, USB/bluetooth connectivity, standard speaker are desirable.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The four seater hatchback electric car, Tata Indica Vista Electric, will have alloy wheels and fine tyres. The alloy wheels must be lighter and very sporty. The Tata Indica Vista Electric which was displayed at Delhi Auto Expo housed body colour alloy wheels. The size of the tyres might be 175/65 R14. These kind of tyres are sufficient to give enough support to the vehicle.
As per some media reports, Tata Indica Vista Electric will be available with front disc and rear drum brake. Maximum braking depends on the front brake and when it is in disc type, one need not to worry about braking at all. The rear drum brake with the help of good wheelbase ensure instant braking without skidding chances.
Tata Indica Vista Electric is believed to be launched with super powerful Prem Magner Motor which churns 55 kw of peak power at 4,000 rpm and develops a maximum torque of 160 Nm at 1750 rpm. The car has a seating capacity of 4 persons including driver. It is learnt that the car will be provided with 2 airbags and seatbelts for all passengers. There will be two airbags for driver and front passenger. With great power and acceleration figures, it will be easy to maneuver the vehicle in city.
Tata Indica Vista Electric Pros :
Impressive power, torque and acceleration figures, enviornment friendly, enough storage space.
Tata Indica Vista Electric Cons :
new bottle old wine except electric motor, poor rear box.
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