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Tata to launch electric Indica Vista by 2011

Last updated on: February 5, 2010 11:11 IST

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Fuel efficient engines, low emissions and alternate fuels have been some of the major concerns of the automotive industry across the globe.

With the demand for electric cars on the rise Tata Motors have come up with Tata Indica Vista Electric.

The car was showcased at the Delhi auto expo and is expected to be available to customers by 2011.

Though the exact price is not yet known it is expected that Tata Indica Vista Electric would fall in the Rs 600,000-700,000 bracket.

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Indica Vista Electric details

The electric car is based on Tata India Vista, therefore the name Tata Indica Vista Electric. After Reva's G-Wiz the Tata Indica Vista Electric will become the second electric car to be exported from India.

The electric variant of Tata Indica Vista has super polymer lithium ion batteries, which are regarded as superior than traditional batteries. Due to such powerful batteries the car would be more powerful and faster than its gasoline and diesel variants.

The battery is capable of producing 55 kw of peak power at 4,000 rpm and generate 160 Nm of top torque at 1750 rpm.

According to Tata Motors the battery capacity would be 26.5 kwh and the car would have a top speed of 151 kmph. The car is expected to run for 200km in a single charge and it would takes about 8 hours to get fully charged.

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This five-door electric hatchback can seat four passengers and is learnt to have two airbags for the driver and front passenger. The car has a lot in common with Indica Vista and the front is like the typical Tata style-smiling face.

The headlamp, grille, fog lamps and lower grille are very much like Indica Vista. The body colour rear side view mirrors, door handles and bumper give the vehicle the required appeal. The per kilometre cost of the car is much lower than its petrol and diesel variants.

The electric car also has opposing rain wipers in black shade and side rear view mirrors in body colour with mirrors handles in black shade.

Its tail-lights are like Indica Vista's in a vertical cluster and the body colour rear bumper is fitted with reflectors and number plate.

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The car would have ample of headroom and legroom. But power windows and foldable seats are doubtful. However, the doors would open up to 90 degree for easy access.

Tata Indica Vista Electric basics

Tata's first electric car has impressive power, torque and acceleration figures. Its environment friendliness makes it a car of the future.

The car is build to provide good performance and adequate luxury. Perhaps the only thing missing here would be the 'truck-like' engine sound typical to Tata cars!

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