30 Apr '12, 9am

Tata say ta-ta to electric car: Indian car giant Tata is believed to have ditched plans to introduce an electric...

Tata say ta-ta to electric car: Indian car giant Tata is believed to have ditched plans to introduce an electric...

Indian car giant Tata is believed to have ditched plans to introduce an electric car in the UK. Tata started a limited production run of the Indica Vista EV in Coventry last March, with plans to use the first models as test vehicles in public, on-the-road trials. But according to a ‘reliable source’ the Indian firm is to withdraw the vehicle and shut down the entire project, following technical problems with the Fiesta-sized battery car. It is believed that the cost of production and reliability issues affecting the batteries caused the firm to change its plans to fully introduce the model. Test models were believed to have needed battery replacements within a few months-at a cost of around £15,000 a piece. A fleet of 25 models are still on UK roads this week, as part of the CABLED project, a Technology Strategy Board (TSB)-run public trial of low emission models in the We...

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