Tata Megapixel concept unveils at Geneva as a new and innovative range extended electric
Most Americans are unaware that one of the world's largest automakers is based in India. Tata Motors currently builds some of the most common vehicles seen on the roads of Asia and parts of Europe and is one of the more innovative world automotive companies of late. Following on their Pixel concept, which debuted last year at the Geneva Motor Show, Tata unveiled an upgraded, larger, and even more technologically advanced version, which they're calling the Megapixel.
This new concept is a range extended electric vehicle (RE-EV), which means it operates as an electric car that uses an on-board gasoline engine to extend its range in a way similar to the Chevrolet Volt or its European sibling the Opel Ampera. Unlike the Ampera, however, the Megapixel is capable of making a 180-degree turn inside a lane, can be recharged without plugging in by using inductive charging, and it is all wheel driven (has four motors); and it does all of this while seating four comfortably.
The Megapixel uses lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that can be charged through an induction plate fitted to any parking space or garage. So, rather than plugging into a wall outlet, the car can be parked over the top of the charging station and charging begins automatically.