A truck maker has confirmed that it is preparing a petrol-powered electric truck that can be driven from India to Europe and the US without petrol.
The diesel-electric unit will have a range of about 70km, or about 12 miles, with a range-topping range of 150km.
The electric truck, expected to be available in 2019, could make up to 5,000 miles a day, according to the company.
The vehicle will be equipped with electric motors that can power the wheels.
The company’s electric motor technology will be based on technology developed by Tata Power and will be the first of its kind, said the company in a statement on Friday.
Tata Power said that the electric truck is powered by an advanced electric motor that is 100 times more powerful than a conventional petrol motor and has an operating range of 1,500 kilometres.
The truck will also be able to run on electricity.
Tata said the truck will use technology developed at the Tata Advanced Technology Centre, in the city of Jalandhar in the northern Indian state of Punjab.
Tata Advanced Technologies Centre is a centre that Tata has set up to promote technology in the auto sector.
It is also a key facility in India to develop and test the technology of electric vehicles.
In 2019, Tata Power plans to produce the truck in India and sell it in Europe and North America, it said.
The car will be able, the company said, to accelerate the truck from zero to 100km/h in two minutes.
A petrol-electric hybrid electric vehicle will also soon be available.
The technology will make the diesel-diesel vehicle a viable alternative to petrol-diesels, the firm said.
This is the first diesel-power vehicle to be introduced in India.
The world’s biggest diesel-engine manufacturer Tata has a total market share of more than 11 per cent.