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The Tata Ace is the most popular light commercial vehicle in India today. A full electric vehicle derivative is to be launched in the UK in 2010. It offers the real practicality of a small half-tonne chassis cab, with the benefits of a low cost highly efficient all electric drivetrain. The Tata Ace EV (electric vehicle) is ideal for Local Authority and local fleet operations where air quality and silent operation are paramount. The small truck has been developed in the UK, built in the Midlands, and complies with UK Construction and Use Regulations allowing full registration as EU Category N1.
The All Steel Chassis Cab will be available as a flat-bed drop-side / tipper or box van. Overall dimensions are 3,8m (L) x 1,5m (w) x 1,8m (h) and the load bed is 2,2m long x 1,5m wide. It weighs 1.5 tonnes and can carry up to 500kg payload with 75 Nm of torque. Based on the European Combined Drive Cycle, the little truck will keep going for 25 miles (40km).
The Tata Ace EV can be charged from a domestic 3-pin plug socket and topped-up or “opportunity charged” at any time. Batteries can be charged off-peak for less than £1.00 (€1.15). Storage is provided for the charge cable behind the front driver’s seat. It has an Automatic Drive Inhibitor When Charging meaning you'll never accidentally drive off and rip the socket off the wall.
The Tata Ace EV emits zero CO2 – saving around 130 g/km over similar sized conventional petrol vehicles. When powered by electricity generated from purely renewable sources, the Tata Ace EV is a truly zero emission vehicle in operation. If you haven't switched to a green tariff yet, overall emissions will still be reduced by around 50% compared to a similar-sized, petrol-powered small truck.