The electric Tata Indica Vista EV is another vehicle that has qualified for the government’s Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) Scheme.
Tata is also supplying 25 Vista EV cars to the Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator (CABLED) Programme, starting this month.
The Tata Vista EV will go on sale in Europe from early summer 2011 and the car will be manufactured in the West Midlands, having been developed by Tata Motors’ UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC).
As part of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) sponsored CABLED programme, a limited number of Tata Vista EV electric cars will be supplied to selected customers, chosen from the public working in and around the West Midlands, for trial and technology evaluation purposes.
By the end of the first quarter 2011, a total of 25 Vista EV vehicles will be supplied for the 12 month trial programme.
Under the PICG scheme, qualifying manufacturers will receive a grant of 25% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £5000 (five thousand pounds) for each new electric vehicle sold between January 2010 and March 2012.
The Tata Motors Vista EV is a fully-electric 4-seater family car with a 110 mile range and a top speed of 71 mph.
The Tata Vista EV car 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 European Technical Centre plc (TMETC) was founded by Tata Motors Limited (TML) in September 2005 to provide state-of-the-art engineering competence to TML and to the global automotive engineering industry. TMETC’s engineering team is based at the International Automotive Research Centre at the University of Warwick Campus, in Coventry, UK, with significant automotive engineering experience gained in Global Vehicle Manufacturers, Tier 1 Suppliers and Engineering Consultancies.