Indica Vista will, this year, become the second electric Car to be exported from India since the Maini Group started selling its Reva as G-Wiz in Europe about five years ago.
Tata Motors will soon roll out its 20-million pounds(Rs 160 crore) electric car project in Norway and later scale it up for other Scandinavian markets. The Indica Vista EV has been designed and developed by Tata Motors' UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre.
The project involves assembling the car in Norway from semi-knocked down kits imported from India, an application by Tata Motors to the commerce ministry said. It is confident that the project will turn profitable within four years of start of production. However, there is no plan to introduce the electric variant in India, a Tata Motors official said. "In future, Indica Vista EV could be manufactured in India if sales volumes justify," the company said in its application to the government.
While it is believed that Tata Motors had told the UK government that the company won't go ahead with its electric vehicle project without its support, the project seems to be on track. The company is still negotiating with the British government on the electric car project, which has no link with the Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR), said people with direct knowledge of the development.
Running on lithium-ion batteries, the Indica Vista EV will be faster and peppier than its petrol and diesel variants available in India. The car will have a top speed of 151 km an hour, maximum power of 55 kw at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque, the Tata Motors' application to the commerce ministry said.