India's Tata Motors will produce electric vehicle in 2009 (for Europeans!)

October 15 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Environment   Year: 2009   Rating: 6 Hot

Imagine standing in front of global auto executives in 1999 and presenting a forecast that within ten years an Indian Automaker would be planning to build and sell electric vehicles in Europe. You might have walked away with that negative ‘futurist’ stereotype of a fringe corporate strategic thinker thinking way too far ahead!

Now India’s Tata Motors has announced plans to build an electric vehicle for European markets in 2009.

The company’s UK subsidiary has acquired a 50.3% holding in Miljø Grenland/Innovasjon of Norway to advance solutions for electric vehicles. The move brings Tata closer to realizing its vision of building affordable, clean electric motor vehicles powered by a combination of batteries, fuel cells and capacitors.

The first generation of Miljø produced electric vehicles will use Electrovaya Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® batteries. Tata plans to launch Indica EV in Europe during 2009 as a 4 person vehicle with a predicted battery charge range of up to 200 km (125 miles) with an acceleration of 0-60 kmph (40 mph) in under 10 seconds.

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Image Source and Tata Motors Press Release

Electrovaya Press Release

Miljøbil Grenland

Comment Thread (2 Responses)

  1. hmmm…seems like this design is superior to the chevy volt, in that it gets more miles to the charge. what are your thoughts?

    Posted by: Mielle Sullivan   October 16, 2008
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  2. Re: Mielle Nice observation. My guess? It’ll probably be an inferior car to the Volt performance and with the interior… but just a guess!

    There is a big difference in cost for building low vs high volume electric cars. Tata might be planning to produce lower volumes, whereas GM is looking to build Volt as a platform for real volume production. So their design intentions might be different. Tata can get away with lower grade version, but if GM’s electric car doesn’t look and feel exactly like it’s combustion engine version—the market will really kill the electric car.

    But your point is absolutely on target! Companies are out there that build perfectly fine electric vehicles—the challenge is scaling.

    Posted by: Garry Golden   October 16, 2008
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