Tata Unveils Pair of Electric Cars in New Dehli

Chairman of TATA Motors Ratan Tata, along with Managing Director Ravi Kant, look at their Electrical Vehicle Indica EV, at Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' (SIAM) 48th Annual convention 2008 in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI photo.

Published: 04-Sep-2008

Tata Motors today unveiled the electric Indica and the electric Ace. The electric vehicles still in the prototype stage incorporate imported lithium batteries that were co-developed by a Norwegian alternative fuel company and Tata Motors UK's research facility.

The electric Indica will be launched in Norway next year, according to the company. "Norway has the necessary infrastructure in place to run electric cars which India lacks," said Ravi Kant, President, Tata Motors.

The electric Indica that sports two battery packs on a full charge, which takes about eight hours, travel between 175 - 200 kms. THe company has indicated it would take another two years to launch the electric Indica locally. Prices of the electric Indica weren't disclosed.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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