At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show last week, Tata Motors has presented the Tata Megapixel, a new four-seater city-smart global range extended electric vehicle (REEV) concept.

The range-extended electric vehicle combines a lithium-ion phosphate battery, a petrol engine generator and an electric motor inside each wheel for a total range of 900km. The Megapixel averages 1.0 litre of fuel per 100km in range-extender mode and emissions of just 22g/km CO2.

Rather than plugging in to a socket to recharge, the Megapixel uses induction charging, meaning it simply needs to be parked over a special induction pad to top up the battery.

The independent electric motors facilitate Tata’s ‘zero turn’ drive system. When parking and performing low-speed manoeuvres, the wheels can be driven in opposite directions and pointed at acute angles, enabling a turning circle radius of just 2.8 metres.

The Megapixel features a double-sliding door system, making ingress and egress easy in tight spaces and enhancing visibility thanks to its non-existent B-pillar.

On the inside, things are just as interesting, with four seats cantilevered on the centre tunnel, which not only accommodate four adults comfortably, they also clear up ample room on the floor for storing luggage.

The cabin also features a sophisticated Human Machine Interface (HMI). A docking point allows drivers to connect their smartphone, which integrates with the large colour touchscreen. Driving modes, climate control and vehicle information data can also be accessed via the dash-mounted screen.



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