Geneva 2012: Tata Megapixel range-extended electric concept

How does 282mpg and a 560-mile range grab you?

By Gavin Conway on March 7, 2012 1:42 PM

Tata weighed in at Geneva with its own intriguing EV concept, the Megapixel range-extender.

Looking a bit like a shrink-wrapped, first-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class (and we mean that in a good way), the Megapixel uses four electric motors, one at each wheel, to realise a top speed of nearly 70mph. The car can travel a claimed 54 miles in pure-electric mode. Once the battery is depleted, a tiny 325cc one-cylinder engine fires up to power the generator that delivers that 560-mile range.

A neat – and very ‘concepty’ – touch is the Megapixel’s dual sliding doors on each side, which makes getting in and out much easier.

Inside, the battery and four electric motors have been laid out to maximise the car’s interior space – Tata claims that four adults and their luggage can be accommodated, partly because the seats are attached to the central tunnel and ‘float’ above the floor, allowing for stowage underneath. Again, a lovely idea, but one that couldn’t progress beyond the realm of a concept car thanks to safety regs.

There’s no word on whether the Megapixel will ever make it to production as an EV – its more likely purpose is to point for a future direction for Tata’s small city car designs. Either way, it's a great effort.