Tata continues the trend of small, electrified city car concepts with the debut of its Megapixel concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The car picks up where last year’s Pixel concept left off, and sports a range-extended electric drivetrain and seating for four. Tata says its latest EREV concept is capable of traveling 559 miles on one tank.
Like Tata’s minimalist Nano, the Megapixel is on the small side, measuring 138 inches long, 66 inches wide, and 55 inches tall. A 325-cc single-cylinder gas engine acts as an onboard generator, producing roughly 30 hp and supplying electricity for the four wheel-mounted electric motors. Those motors each generate around 13 hp, though have a max torque rating of roughly 369 lb-ft. Power is stored in a 13 KwH lithium-ion phosphate battery pack. Tata says this drivetrain combination offers a range of up to 559 miles on a single tank of fuel, with a 54-mile range on battery power only. Tata estimates top speed at 68 mph.
Tata’s “Zero Turn” drive system, which debuted on the Pixel concept at last year’s Geneva show, returns on the Megapixel, and offers even more maneuverability, according to the Indian automaker. Since the car employs four individual hub-mounted motors, the front and back wheels can turn and drive in different directions when parking. The result, according to Tata, is a tight turning radius of 9.2 feet.
The Megapixel juices up by way of an induction charging system, which can be installed in the garage. Like many induction charging systems currently in development, the Megapixel’s works by simply parking the car on top of an induction pad. Tata says this fast-charge method allows for an 80-percent charge in 30 minutes.
The concept was developed jointly by Tata’s design centers in India, the UK, and Italy, and hints at the Indian automaker’s future design direction. The car’s B-pillarless design allows for dual-sliding doors, which are meant to make ingress and egress easier, and to improve visibility. With the Megapixel’s interior space maximized by the battery pack layout and individual wheel motors, Tata says the concept comfortably seats four adults with luggage.
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