Tata Motors unveils four seater EV Megapixel car at Geneva Motor Show 2012
Tata Megapixel car offers a range of up to 900 kilometres with a single tank of fuel, path breaking CO2 emission of a mere 22 gram per kilometre and fuel consumption of 100 kmpl (under battery power only).
Homegrown automobile giant, Tata Motors yesterday showcased its concept four-seater global range extended electric vehicle (REEV) at the Geneva Motor Show 2012, which can deliver up to 100 kilometres from a litre of fuel (under battery only power).
Tata Megapixel ideally meant for city driving. What is more, Tata Motors has plans to commercially launch this vehicle within the next three years.
While speaking at the event, Ratan Tata, the Chairman of the Tata Group said that realistically, such products take a minimum of three years to develop. There are a slew of electric technologies to be developed besides the other aspects as well before it the vehicle becomes clinically fit.
PM Telang, Managing Director (India Operations), Tata Motors said that Tata Megapixel, jointly developed by the company’s design centres in India, the UK and Italy, is Tata Motors’ idea of a city car for discerning motorists in any megacity of the world. Tata Megapixel has a combination of lithium ion phosphate bettery, along with an on-board petrol engine generator for recharging, while the vehicle is on the move.
What is more, the new vehicle offers a range of up to 900 kilometres with a single tank of fuel, amazing CO2 emission of a mere 22 gm/km and fuel consumption of 100 km/l (under battery power only). Furthermore, Tata Megapixel takes the ‘zero turn’ drive system of Tata Pixel, which was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 2011, to another level of manoeuvrability.
Megapixel’s electric drive has four separate electric motors, one at each wheel. When the car at the stationary mode, the electric hub motors drive the wheels in opposite directions, while the front wheels are turned at an acute angle, thus enabling an exceptional 2.8 metre turing radius, a real engineering marvel.
The at-home charging system is an unique induction charging mechanism, where the charging begins with the car being parked over the induction pad. The car’s floating c-pillar and wrap-around belt line finisher integrate in tandem with the body surface. A double-sliding door system and Megapixel’s B-pillar less design make entry and exit easy, with the added advantage of enhancing visibility. The new car is comfortable enough to accommodate four adults with more room for keeping the luggage as well.