PHOTO CAPTION: 100 Tata Indica Vistas will be equipped with battery electric drive.

Tata Selects TM4 Electric Drive System for Electric Cars

Under this program, TM4 will provide electric motors, power electronics and vehicle controllers for all-electric versions of Tata Motors’ new Indica Vista.

Published: 22-Jan-2009

TM4 has been selected by Miljø Innovasjon, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, to provide electric motors, power electronics and vehicle controllers for an electric car demonstration program to be launched in Norway in 2009–2010. Under this program, Miljø will produce over one hundred units of an all-electric version of Tata Motors’ new Indica Vista.

For this project, Tata Motors and Miljø will benefit from TM4’s latest generation of motors for the automobile industry, the leading-edge TM4 M?TIVE TM series. This series is the product of a decade of R&D efforts. Incorporating TM4’s patented technologies, the motor has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class and industry-leading efficiency.

TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, develops and supplies high-performance electrodynamic conversion and power control systems for the international electric drivetrain and distributed power generation markets.

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automaker, with revenues of US$9 billion in 2008. The company is a leader in the passenger vehicle market and is also the world’s fourth-largest truck manufacturer and second-largest bus manufacturer.

Miljø Innovasjon, in which Tata Motors holds a controlling interest through its subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre, produces electric versions of vehicles manufactured and sold by Tata Motors.

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