The Tata Megapixel concept, a range-extended electric car with emissions of 22g/km has made its first UK appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Tata Megapixel concept, a range-extended electric vehicle with CO2 emissions as low as 22g/km and the potential for 282mpg has been made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Tata chiefs revealed last year that a production version of the Pixel would make it to Europe instead of the proposed European version of the Tata Nano.

The Megapixel “is the result of the progress we have made on the Pixel”, according to Tata India’s managing director, Prakash Telang.

While a conventional three-cylinder turbodiesel engine powered the Pixel, the Megapixel is driven by four electric motors, one mounted in each wheel. They are powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery pack that helps give the Megapixel an all-electric range of 54 miles. The batteries can be recharged using an induction charging system.

When electric power is depleted, a tiny 30bhp 325cc single cylinder petrol generator kicks in to extend the range up to “over 559 miles”. It can reach a maximum speed of 68mph.

One of the Pixel’s most impressive features was its turning circle of just 5.2 metres. Despite the Megapixel’s more complex drivetrain, the turning circle is a still-impressive 5.6 metres. A Hackney Carriage’s turning circle is 7.6 metres.

While the fundamental design of the Megapixel looks more production ready than before, some more elaborate concept car features are incorporated. The Megapixel – which also previews Tata’s future design language – features double sliding doors on each side to boost cabin access.

The absence of B-pillars results in a spacious, easily accessible four-seat cabin, which boasts even more space in the floor areas as the seats are cantilevered on the centre tunnel.

A smartphone can be mounted and full integrated into the front cabin, and a large touchscreen sits in the centre console to control the interior’s major functions.

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6 March 2012

Hopefully this range extender model, must be a plug-in too, will make it into production as it's the way to go.

 

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6 March 2012

Tata products are becoming more and more credible and this so far seems to be the best of the lot. With some subtle tweaking, I am sure this could be made suitable for European markets.

You have to wonder how long before we start to see Tata products (in their own right) in this country.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

29 June 2012

Tata products are very good, i like it.

29 June 2012

If this lives up to the spec then plug-in Range Extenders are showing the way forward.  Good to see a much smaller engine being used as the generator too.   

 

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