India Watch : UK launch for Tata Indica Vista EV in Summer 2011

The Tata Indica Vista EV, the electric car developed by Engineers at Tata Motors Limited’s UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc (TMETC), is being readied for production at an assembly facility in the West Midlands, UK.

A limited number of Tata Vista EV vehicles will start to roll out of the UK assembly facility this month and will be supplied to selected customers, chosen from the public working in and around the West Midlands, for trial and technology evaluation purposes within the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) sponsored CABLED programme  A total of 25 Vista EV vehicles will be supplied for the 12 month trials programme by the end of March, 2011.

The DfT/OLEV issued details of the UK Government’s Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) Scheme yesterday and announced that Tata Motors’ Indica Vista EV was one of the first nine cars to qualify for the PICG Scheme. Under the scheme, qualifying manufacturers will receive a grant of 25% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £5000 for each new vehicle sold between January 2010 and March 2012.

The Tata Motors Vista EV, a final production version of the Vista EVX which bagged two trophies at the recent Royal Automobile Club’s Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, is a fully-electric 4-seater family car with a 110 miles range and a top speed of 71 mph. Tata Motors claim that the Vista EV will be ideal for city driving as well as commuting and motorway cruising, alongside conventionally powered vehicles.

The Tata Vista EV will be launched in the UK market, and other selected European markets, in early summer 2011 and will initially be available to fleet customers in limited numbers to develop a robust customer base and after-sales programme, in readiness for a more comprehensive launch in 2012.

Tata Motors claims that the introduction of the Tata Indica Vista EV demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovations in low carbon technologies. Investments in the Tata Motors European Technical Centre, the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies, through collaborative research and internally funded programmes will bring forward the next generation of low carbon and sustainable vehicles.

[Source: Tata Motors Limited]

Clive Goldthorp

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