Tata Motors has introduced at Geneva Motor Show 2012 a successor for the Pixel concept presented last year in the same place: this is called Tata Megapixel Concept and comes with a number of interesting features.
A year ago, Tata Motors presented at Geneva Motor Show the Pixel concept . It had a three-cylinder diesel engine and a full steering. Time passed and the Indians gave him a successor, called Megapixel.
Geneva Motor Show 2012 Live: Tata Megapixel Concept photo gallery
Tata Megapixel Concept Live at Geneva Motor Show 2012
Tata Megapixel Concept is described by the Indians as a REEV – Range Extended Electric Vehicle, that is an electric vehicle equipped with a range extender system. Sounds familiar? Of course, GM introduced this technology on the market on board Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera and the operating principle is similar.
The Indians claim that the new Tata Megapixel Concept has an autonomy up to 900 km (560 miles) with one full and emits just 22 grams CO2 per kilometer (12.8 MPG imperial, 10.7 MPG US). For one liter of fuel, the concept travels 100 kilometers (62 miles) if it is powered directly from the battery. If the model runs 100% on electric mode, its battery of 13 kWh Lithium-Ion technology is sufficient for 87 km (54 miles), after which the internal combustion engine of 325 cc starts to charge the battery while driving.
Tata Motors abandoned, it seems, the system introduced in 2011, which sought a diesel engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. That emitted 89 grams of CO2 per kilometer and consumed 3.4 liters/100 km (83 MPG imperial, 69 MPG US). The Tata Megapixel Concept predecessor, had a special element: four-wheel steering, and it provided a turning circle of just 2.6 meters (102 inches).
Tata Megapixel Concept Video – Geneva Motor Show 2012 Live
Tata Megapixel Concept via | Tata Motors stand at Geneva Motor Show 2012