The Indian-born industrialist who has been busily picking up the pieces of the British steel industry is about to go head-to-head with Elon Musk, the Tesla tycoon, et al in the race to put electric cars on the road. Sanjeev Gupta is pitching a modern “people’s car” concept akin to the VW Beetle against the flamboyant American’s Tesla range of electric vehicles, from supercars to the fledgeling Model 3, and the growing fleet of vehicles being produced by mainstream carmakers. His is a small car with big ambitions, one that “you can plug into a plug anywhere in the world”, one that can be made from light composite materials commonly used on aircraft and one that will be assembled and adapted at sites worldwide to meet local needs. The design, he says, will allow owners in remote locations to live “off the grid” by using solar power to charge the car’s battery and then using the car’s battery to power houses at night.
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