Looking to beat all other major car companies to the punch, Tata (the largest car company in India) has announced that they'll be selling an all-electric vehicle in Norway in "less than a year."
The car will be based on the Indica (pictured above) which is already on the streets as a gas-powered car in India.
Tata previously announced that they were looking for ways to electrify the Nano. And concurrent with the Indica announcement, they also brought forward plans to create another electric car, the Ace, but details were scant. And, as if Tata doesn't have enough obscure "maybe"s on the table, they've also promised a compressed air powered car.
The Indica is being developed by Tata and a Norwegian firm. The car will be sold solely in Norway first, but Tata has plans to sell it in India as well.
The performance of the car leads me to believe that they won't have much trouble delivering. With a range of less than 200 miles and a charge time of 8 hours, it's certainly lithium ion based, but nothing outside of the realm of current technology.
It's not very impressive, but for the average Norwegian to take to work when it's too cold to bike, I think it'll work just fine.
written by Vladan, September 06, 2008
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