Tata Motors Limited is an Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and a subsidiary of the Tata Group. Its products include passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, construction equipment and military vehicles. It is the world's 17th-largest motor vehicle manufacturing company, fourth-largest truck manufacturer, and second-largest bus manufacturer by volume.Tata Motors has auto manufacturing and assembly plants in Jamshedpur, Pantnagar, Lucknow, Sanand, Dharwad, and Pune in India, as well as in Argentina, South Africa, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. It has research and development centres in Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, and Dharwad, India, and in South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Tata Motors' principal subsidiaries include the British premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover and the South Korean commercial vehicle manufactuer Tata Daewoo. Tata Motors has a bus-manufacturing joint venture with Marcopolo S.A. , a construction-equipment manufacturing joint venture with Hitachi , and a joint venture with Fiat which manufactures automotive components and Fiat and Tata branded vehicles.Founded in 1945 as a manufacturer of locomotives, the company manufactured its first commercial vehicle in 1954 in a collaboration with Daimler-Benz AG, which ended in 1969. Tata Motors entered the passenger vehicle market in 1991 with the launch of the Tata Sierra, becoming the first Indian manufacturer to achieve the capability of developing a competitive indigenous automobile. In 1998, Tata launched the first fully indigenous Indian passenger car, the Indica, and in 2008 launched the Tata Nano, the world's most affordable car. Tata Motors acquired the South Korean truck manufacturer Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company in 2004 and purchased Jaguar Land Rover from Ford in 2008.Tata Motors is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, where it is a constituent of the BSE SENSEX index, the National Stock Exchange of India, and the New York Stock Exchange. Tata Motors is ranked 314th in the 2012 Fortune Global 500 ranking of the world's biggest corporations. Wikipedia.


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News Article | January 4, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

The number of vehicles in the world is expected to double in the next 20 years or so. A lot of that growth will come in countries with huge populations where access to private automobile ownership is a relatively new phenomenon — places like India, China, and others that are struggling to catch up economically with the developed nations. Like China, India’s populous cities are experiencing severe air pollution problems. In Delhi, the city government is considering an odd-even plan that would keep half its cars off the road on alternate days. In the city of Coimbatore in southern India, Hemalatha Annamalai and her husband Bala Pachyappa are building inexpensive, low tech electric vehicles to serve the transportation needs of rural drivers. Her target customers are farmers, shopkeepers and rural traders, according to Forbes. Her company, Ampere Vehicles Private Ltd, specializes in electric cycles, scooters and load carriers. Recently the local government of Coimbatore has begun using 200 Ampere electric garbage vehicles to transport waste. The company has trained 500 workers to use their products. “Wealth accumulation is not my aim,” says Hemalatha. “ I want to create a whole new manufacturing sector. I want a lot of women to come into this sector.” Today, one quarter of her workforce of 80 employees are women. Her company has built more than 30,000 electric vehicles since she and her husband gave up high paying jobs in Singapore to pursue their dream. Ampere makes three types of vehicles — Ampere V 60 scooters; Angel electric motorcycles and Mitra load carriers. It also makes special purpose vehicles for the disabled. The battery powered vehicles have a top speed of 16 miles per hour. The batteries need to be charged for eight hours and the vehicles can run for 25 miles on a full battery. They cost from $380 for an electric scooter to $2,270 for a load carrier. Another company that is specializing in electric vehicles for commercial and industrial users is BYD, which builds electric buses, construction vehicles and specialized commercial equipment for airport and seaport operations, as well as automobiles. The business has begun to attract investors. Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan and others made a $2,000,000 investment in December. “He believes that this sector will grow rapidly in the coming years with the government’s focus on the manufacturing sector,” says Hemalatha, who still owns a significant stake in the company. Earlier, Hemalatha convinced Ratan Tata, head of Tata Motors to invest an undisclosed amount in her company by using this sales pitch: “In 2000, China sold 40,000 electric vehicles. In 2015, they are selling 32 million vehicles. Why not India?” Elon Musk couldn’t have said it any better. Reprinted with permission.    Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC-ICT-2010.10.3 | Award Amount: 6.96M | Year: 2010

The idea of intelligent vehicles that cope with safety requirements and adapt their energy needs is a long-term strategy. We have started our work with successive European research projects in the last years by starting with the development of a drive-by-wire platform, but the combustion engine is still a drawback. eFuture wants to prepare the next generation of electric vehicle based on our first prototype by creating a platform which minimises its energy needs but can still optimise dynamically its decision between safety and energy efficiency. Our key issues will be the optimisation of this energy usage and its influence on the vehicle/driver.\nWe have already seen that optimising each component separately is not enough, an overall concept is mandatory to look at the interactions between the components. The strategies to control the actuators will be integrated for safety issues, comfort driving and energy efficiency and the management of the transitions between these controllers. Second ADAS functions will be re-worked to manage these different aspects and a decision unit will base on the proposed time horizon to pre-compensate the transition between modes for energy optimisation. Beside the technical developments, a major aim of the project is to look at the driver who will be confronted with dynamical properties as this energy management will have a high impact on driving.\nAt the end eFuture will be ready with a static (right configuration of components) and a dynamic (software based synchronization of command and execution layer) optimisations. Transitions between different vehicle behaviours (safety, performance, efficiency) will be designed and a strategy set for the priorities in terms of energy needs during requests collision will be developed. In addition the acceptance of the driver to this dynamical behaviour will be investigated.


Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars All set to drive into the future are Tata Motors of India and Microsoft who are joining forces to make connected vehicles that will offer people not only a smart, but safe driving experience. On Thursday, Feb. 16, the two companies made an announcement regarding their strategic collaboration, which aims to offer consumers an enhanced driving experience. Per the announcement, both Tata Motors and Microsoft will be coming together to ensure inter-connectivity in cars, autonomous vehicle technology and similar other enhancements for the futuristic cars. According to Anant Maheshwari, the President of Microsoft India, use of features like IoT, artificial intelligence (AI) as well machine learning technologies will be implemented in the vehicles. The goal of the collaboration is to ensure all the vehicle owners across the world get a safe and fulfilling driving experience. "We are excited to partner with Tata Motors as they embark on a new journey of innovation with Microsoft Azure cloud. Using IoT, AI and machine learning technologies, we will provide vehicle owners in India and across the world with a safe, productive and fun driving experience," shared Maheshwari. According to the two companies, this collaboration will lead to the creation of a safe, smart driving experience both under the digital and physical worlds. Microsoft already has similar partnerships with other carmakers such as Renault and Volvo, to ensure that the next-generation smart cars have highly defined intelligence along with features such as enhanced navigation system and updated maintenance. Microsoft Azure cloud computing technologies will offer the advanced features in Tata Motors' cars. According to a source close to the company, the collaboration of Microsoft with Tata Motors is the best way to promote the Make in India campaign as the two companies will be mainly working on products related to the automobile space. This move may also help Tata Motors to carry forward its Make in India Initiative. The expected showcase of the future driving experience is supposed to be on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show. The upcoming concept cars expected to be showcased at the auto show are estimated to include all the functions enabled by Microsoft such as the navigation predictive maintenance. Vehicle owners may be able to receive notifications based on their point of interest, as well as route assisted recommendations. With the use of Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) and Software Over The Air (SOTA) update protocols, all the basic vehicle settings can be updated using the Cloud. Moreover, users will have the ability to analyze any kind of road blocks or rough terrain live with the help of their connected cars. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | March 7, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

The Indian automotive company Tata Motors Limited has pledged to work towards sourcing 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy facilities, as part of the RE100 initiative, according to a recent announcement. The move makes Tata Motors the second major Indian company to sign up for the RE100 initiative in recent days. It should be noted here, though, that the company has yet to reveal a timeline for its transition to 100% renewables. As it stands, Tata Motors receives roughly 8% of its electricity from renewable energy projects — in particular, through its 21.95 megawatts (MW) wind energy project and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at 3 of its manufacturing facilities. The company is currently working on a number of open-access agreements in order to source from further renewable energy projects, reportedly. “Our climate change policy aims to maximize the use of renewable energy in our manufacturing operations,” stated Arvind Bodhankar, chief sustainability officer of Tata Motors Limited, in a statement. “Doing so will not only reduce our carbon emissions, but also lead to long-term financial savings. The RE100 movement shows that the transition to renewable energy is achievable and it offers a powerful network to support and celebrate businesses increasing their use of renewable power. Tata Motors is proud to join such an initiative.” The CEO of The Climate Group (the ones behind the RE100 campaign), Mark Kenber, commented: “Businesses have a fundamental role to play in delivering a low carbon economy, and the Paris Agreement is giving them the confidence to go further and faster in their efforts. Tata Motors is one of the first companies to seize the opportunity post Paris, and we know many more will follow.”   Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.reuters.com

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Tata Motors Ltd and Microsoft India on Thursday announced a strategic collaboration on the technology front to make driving a more personalized experiences for the customers, the companies said in a joint statement.


News Article | January 11, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars Luxury carmakers Rolls-Royce Motor Car and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have secured an annual sales growth in 2016 with the former recording its second-highest sales ever in its 113-year old history. In 2016, a considerable number of 4,011 cars were delivered to customers over 50 nations by Rolls-Royce. The sales figure saw an increase of 6 percent when compared to the company's 2015 performance. Jaguar Land-Rover (JLR), on the other hand, sold 583,312 cars in 2016, which is an increase of 20 percent for the company when compared to 2015. A continued global demand for Rolls-Royce - which is owned by BMW - was buoyed further by the success of the "Wraith" and "Ghost" series, which received further upgradation in 2016 when the Black Badge variants were introduced. The Dawn drophead also contributed to the company's sales figures as the car entered production touting one of the strongest pre-orders ever for a new Rolls-Royce model. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, of the company shared that the "remarkable result" was an affirmation that Rolls-Royce has a worldwide appeal. "We are deeply proud of the achievements of our historic brand over the past years. Rolls-Royce continues to surge forward in a confident and sustainable manner. Our business model, which is rooted in our unique and detailed understanding of the multifaceted world of luxury, is producing growth at just the right pace for a truly rare and exclusive brand. This is what our customers demand of us and this is what we will continue to deliver," added the CEO Rolls-Royce recorded a growth of 12 percent and 28 percent in America and Europe, respectively. The Asia Pacific witnessed a 5 percent growth for the company. Japan was a great market for the company and saw a growth in demand for the company's vehicles go up by 51 percent. Demand for Rolls-Royce cars increased 10 percent in the U.S. Britain-based JLR - which is owned by Tata Motors - also fared well in 2016 with its best performance occurring in December. JLR's worldwide sales were up 95 percent in December and the company sold 16,349 cars. "Global retail sales performance for December shows strong growth in China (up 36%), North America (up 30%) and Europe (up 8%) but softer sales in the UK (down 3%) and in other overseas markets (down 16%)," notes the company. The overall sales for the company were boosted by the success of the Range Rover Sport and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The sales for JLR were further propelled by the increase in customer demand for the Jaguar F-Pace 4X4. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | November 15, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

Despite all of the talk about how “the Germans are coming for Tesla” (mostly from Germans), it appears that it may well be the British that actually get there first. At least, in the high-priced luxury SUV sector anyways. (Yes, I’m aware that Jaguar is actually owned by the Indian firm Tata Motors now.) I’m talking here about the fact that Jaguar has promised to turn its all-electric I-Pace concept SUV into a production model within just 2 years. To be clear, not a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) but an all-electric vehicle (EV) — one that looks like it will attract some staring. You have to admit, that is one stylish-looking electric SUV. I could well see how such an offering could bleed sales of the Tesla Model X. Speaking personally, I greatly prefer the look of the Jaguar (the Jaguar SUV, not the jaguar big cat — though, the firm’s namesake animal does have a very stylish look to it) to Tesla’s offering. The Model X looks to me more like a “pregnant hippo,” as I heard someone say. The company will reportedly be showing off the I-Pace concept at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show (November 18th through 27th). While the looks certainly seem to be superior to those of the Model X (to my eyes), the model won’t quite compete performance-wise with the Tesla offering — but it won’t be any kind of slouch either. Rather than doing 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, as top-of-the-line Tesla Model Xs do, the I-Pace will reportedly do 0 to 60 mph in around 4 seconds. Probably more importantly, the “5-seat I-Pace will look, feel, handle, and perform like a proper Jaguar,” according to the company. Autoblog provides more: “With 516 pound-feet of torque being pumped out of its two electric motors, the I-Pace has as much gristle as the pure-bred F-Type SVR sports car, and it has it from zero rpm. It’s also promising the two motors will combine for 400 horsepower, too.” Continuing: “It won’t need to compromise on range to get its performance, with Jaguar promising the I-Pace will stretch across to 220 miles of range from its 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. It will also take two hours to charge on a 50-kW fast-charging DC station, or achieve 80% charging in 90 minutes, and Jaguar insists commuters who drive about 30 miles a day would only need charging once a week.” Not too bad sounding, though it’s too bad that Jaguar didn’t try to work out some sort of deal to share the Supercharger network. Or maybe it did? The electric motors and batteries used in the I-Pace were designed in-house following the firm’s entry into the Formula E racing series earlier this year. “Electric vehicles are inevitable — Jaguar will make them desirable. Zero emission cars are here to stay and the I-PACE Concept is at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle revolution,” commented Jaguar’s vehicle line director Ian Hoban. “As the charging infrastructure continues to develop globally — and with enough range to mean most people would only need to charge once a week — cars like the I-PACE Concept will make drivers appreciate that an EV can be rewarding and practical enough to drive every day.” “This isn’t just a concept. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018,” Callum continued. “This will be Jaguar’s first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our brand.” Other notable qualities of the electric SUV: it can be effectively used as a one-pedal vehicle (capable of aggressive regenerative braking); it’s got a drag coefficient of 0.29; there’s a 1 cubic-foot luggage compartment frunk in addition to the 18.71 cubic feet of luggage space at the rear; it features a full-color heads up display (HUD); and it features a lot of tablet displays, in addition to a 12-inch virtual cockpit display right in front of the driver. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | September 20, 2016
Site: news.yahoo.com

(Reuters) - Canada's Electrovaya Inc said on Tuesday it signed an agreement to supply lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to an original equipment maker, its second such deal with a NYSE-listed Fortune 1000 company. The company, which did not name the buyer, said the latest project would start immediately, with large volume commercial production beginning in late 2017. Electrovaya, which boasts Tata Motors, Chrysler and NASA among its customers, said in July that it expects revenue of $80 million over three years from a deal with another U.S.-based original equipment maker. While lithium-ion batteries are mostly used in consumer devices such as smartphones as well as electric cars, Elon Musk-backed Tesla Inc sparked interest in the idea of self-powered homes, when it said in April 2015 that it would start selling such batteries for households. Electrovaya acquired Germany-based Litarion GmbH, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Evonik AG, last year to boost its global presence and compete with larger players such as Tesla. Electrovaya has signed a number of supply deals this year, including for residential energy storage and most recently one with Hyster-Yale, an Ohio-based maker of lift trucks. Such deals have helped Electrovaya's shares surge about 400 percent this year, giving the company a market capitalization of about C$300 million ($227 million).


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 121.76K | Year: 2016

The LOOP hEat pump ciRcuit (LOOPER) project will study the benefits of integrating passive Loop Heat Pipes into a Heat Pump System for passenger cabin cooling of Battery Electric Vehicles [BEV]and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles [PHEV]. The project seeks to understand the potential for integrating Loop Heat Pipe condensers and bladeless cooling fans in a novel and aerodynamically enhanced way for road vehicles. It will analyse the implementation of a low-cost Loop Heat Pipe, a technology which at present is too expensive for widespread automotive adoption, although it has previously been applied to aerospace apllications.The virtual feasibility study will be conducted using a novel combination of advanced Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software tools/techniques by Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) and University of Brighton [UoB]. These partners offer the skills required to complete the feasibility study. A successful outcome will lead to future collaborative R&D opportunities for a consortium of technology providers and component suppliers that will aim to develop the LOOPER concept towards eventual market readiness.


MUMBAI, Índia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Em seguimento ao tema centrado no cliente da Tata Motors para proporcionar a melhor experiência do cliente com relação à sua linha de veículos comerciais, a empresa anunciou hoje sua Global Service Camp, com duração de três dias, de 21 a 23 de novembro de 2016. O programa exclusivo de alcance de clientes cobrirá 800 pontos de contato em 47 países. Os clientes de veículos comerciais Tata Motors podem beneficiar de check-ups gratuitos completos do automóvel, mão de

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