Tata Motors presented the Tata Megapixel at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, a new four seater city smart global range extended electric vehicle (REEV) concept for the performance seeking and environment conscious motorist anywhere in the world. Combining a lithium ion phosphate battery and an on board petrol engine generator for recharging on the move, the Tata Megapixel offers a range of up to 900 km (with a single tank of fuel), path-breaking CO2 emission of just 22 gm/km and fuel economy of 100 kilometers per liter (under battery only power).
The class-leading ‘Zero Turn’ drive system of the Tata Pixel (shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show) has been taken to an even higher level of maneuverability in the Tata Megapixel. The car’s electric drive has four independent electric motors, one at each wheel. When parking, the electric hub motors drive the wheels in opposite directions, while the front wheels are turned at an acute angle, enabling an exceptional 2.8 meter turning radius. The at home charging system is an as innovative induction charging system. The car has simply to be parked over the induction pad for charging to begin. Charging doesn’t take too long either with Tata’s Inductive charge system or fast charge where the battery gets 80% of its charge in 30 minutes. A double-sliding door system and the car’s B-pillar less design make entry/exit easy, besides superb visibility. The Tata Megapixel denotes Tata Motors’ progression from the Tata Pixel, based on the Tata Nano and a city car concept for Europe, reflecting the company’s future design direction.
Considering the spiraling fuel prices, we hope this concept from Tata makes it to fruition. They have had numerous issues meeting demand and delivering products on time as witnessed in the case of the Tata Nano. Let’s hope there aren’t similar issues that plague the delivery of the Megapixel.