With all the big automobile majors and even new upstarts like Tesla Motors in the green race it is not far away when the forward thinking Indian conglomerate, the house of TATA, is going into building eco-friendly cars.
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The new vehicle line would showcase cars capable of running on electric, hydrogen and other alternative and organic fuels.
Most of Tata’s efforts have been focused around the company’s Indica, a compact hatchback, popular in India and Europe. According to the Times of India, the company wants to produce five electric variants of the Indica using lithium ion batteries that will run up to 200 km on a single charge. It is also interested in building an Indica hybrid, which would combine electricity and petroleum-based fuel to average 20 km per liter.
Now, Tata is gearing up to roll out India’s first hydrogen-fueled vehicle in a partnership with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). According to a recent report from DNA Money, the vehicle in question will be a mini- or microbus scheduled to debut in 2009. ISRO will provide its recently tested cryogenic engine technology.
“We have been successful in adapting the system for a bus or car engine and are fine-tuning it. The vehicle will be ready in two years. It will emit only water vapor and will not pollute the environment,” ISRO chairman G Maharani Nair told DNA. A car is rumored to be next in line.