Tata Motors presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show the Tata Megapixel, 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.
Tata Motors claim that the Megapixel can go up to 900 km per charge and has a fuel economy of 100 km/litre under battery only power. The Megapixel reflects Tata’s future design direction. 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 km / litre (under battery only power).
The Megapixel is design-inspired by the Tata Pixel which is based on the Tata Nano. The Megapixel concept has a pentagonal front bumper with integrated lights and a wide ‘U’ shaped front grille with eye-like LED headlamps. The wheel arches are prominent giving the Megapixel a sporty stance but the rear view mirrors are too small. The side profile reveals aerodynamically chiseled crease lines on the doors and a rising shoulder line with a chrome strip running across the car’s entire length. The rear has a smartly integrated tail lamp cluster with LED lights, a high mounted LED stop lamp and a rear bumper with integrated lights similar to the front bumper.
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 metre 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.
The Megapixel stands on 16-inch wheels with attractive 5-spoke alloys. Size wise, the Megapixel measures 3504 x 1673 x 1405 mm (length x width x height) making it 405 mm longer, 178 mm wider and 247 mm shorter (in height) than the Tata Nano.
It is echoed on the panoramic roof, creating a harmony between sun & shade and sense of interior space. The floating C-pillar and wrap-around belt line finisher integrate perfectly with the sculpted body surface, flowing freely to the rear and encapsulating the 5-spoke wheel design.
Battery Charging is done by an inductive charge system or fast charging which allows charging 80% of the battery in 30 minutes. Induction charging system needs no cables. The car has to be parked below the induction pad for charging to begin.
The Megapixel features a built-in large touch screen at the central console. This Human Machine Interface (HMI) system allows you to connect the smart phone and control the car’s functions such as temperature, ventilation, driving modes and performance. The cantilevered seating system offers more space because there are no pillars holding the seats to the car’s floor. We are not sure whether this feature can make into production. The Megapixel features ‘Zero Turn’ drive system that shortens the turning radius to 2.8 meter and park assist system further adds to comfort. The Megapixel comes with low rolling resistance tyres for fuel efficiency.
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