Here we’re perfectly accustomed to discussing the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, but one car confirmed as a qualifying vehicle for the Government’s Plug-in Car Grants announced yesterday (see story), will not be quite so familiar to our readers.
While Nissan, Mitsubishi and some of the more familiar car makers to UK motorists have been busily promoting their electric car wares ahead of imminent launches planned for 2011, Tata, the Indian owners of Jaguar Land Rover have, to a certain extent kept fairly quite about its electric plans for the UK.
But now we find out more about the Indica Vista EV, one of the first of three electric cars which will be available from January 2011, as the grants for electric car buyers worth up to £5,000 are introduced. Developed by Tata’s UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), the vehicle is being readied for production at an assembly facility in the West Midlands.
Starting in December 2010, a limited number of Tata Vista EV vehicles will roll out of the UK assembly facility and will be supplied to selected customers, chosen from the public working in and around the West Midlands, for trial and evaluation purposes as part of the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) CABLED programme. By the end of the first quarter 2011, a total of 25 Vista EV vehicles will be supplied for the 12 month trials programme.
A fully-electric 4-seater family car with 110 mile range and a top speed of 71 mph, Tata Vista EV will be launched in the UK market, and other selected European markets in larger-scale production from early summer 2011 and will initially be available to fleet customers in limited numbers in readiness for a more comprehensive launch in 2012.
The Tata Indica Vista EVX, a derivative from the production Vista EV, also won the prizes of Most Economic Small Passenger EV and Most Economical and Environment Friendly Small Passer EV at the inaugural RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Brighton to London Future Car Challenge back in November, one of its first public appearances.