Electric Tara Tiny Steals Tata Nano’s Position as World’s Cheapest Car

 

Tara Tiny

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car, which also has a lot of green features. However, just recently, Tara International announced that it will be selling two electric vehicles for even cheaper than the Tata Nano.

These two cars will be priced at approximately 99K Rupees (2,475 USD), and are built in partnership with a Chinese company named Aucma. To compare, the cheapest Tata Nano comes in at just about 100k Rupees. Not much of a difference on the face of it, but the Tara vehicles being electric compared to the Tata’s gasoline powertrain would make you think the Tara would be much more expensive.

More after the break!





These cars will be able to travel between 80 and 100KM after an 8 hour charge (but a 220 volt, 15 amp socket is necessary for the charging). Tara will also be selling electric bikes with a similar range that charge more quickly and require less beefy plugs (just 5 amps).

But what’s the biggest disadvantage? The speed. The Tara Tiny can only reach speeds up to 50 KM/H.

About competition with the Tata Nano and the Tara’s image as a green car, Tara Ganguly (company head) had this to say on the website Reddiff:

But the cars that I have conceptualised are ‘green’ cars. Therefore, the question of comparing these (environment-friendly cars) with the Nano doesn’t arise at all.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months after so much controversy with the Tata Nano. Will another cheap car cause bigger problems on Indian roads? Would a mass-production electric vehicle strain the country’s power network? All these things remain to be seen.

In the meantime, Tara will be rolling these cars out onto Indian streets with plans to release them in the US in the future. One English company has already placed an order for 100 of these tiny electric vehicles.

More news to come as the story unfolds!

Here are some more images from Reddiff:

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Source: Reddif via Darin @ EcoModder





About the Author

Benjamin Jones is a student of Dartmouth College and co-founder of EcoModder.com and writer at CollegeVegan.com. He is double majoring in Japanese and Linguistics, and is most interested in Sociolinguistics and Anthropology in Japan.

  • Says there is a planned US release in the future. I thought with the Tata Nano it would require a major redesign to meet US safety regulations. Wouldn’t the Tara have the same problem?

  • Says there is a planned US release in the future. I thought with the Tata Nano it would require a major redesign to meet US safety regulations. Wouldn’t the Tara have the same problem?

  • vishal gupta

    can i contact the tara international company or shall i get the contact no. or email

  • vishal gupta

    can i contact the tara international company or shall i get the contact no. or email

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  • katie frederick

    When can I expect this car to be available in the USA and for how much will it cost? Also, what kind of options will be available. Air conditioning is a must, here in Temecula, CA. 92592

  • katie frederick

    When can I expect this car to be available in the USA and for how much will it cost? Also, what kind of options will be available. Air conditioning is a must, here in Temecula, CA. 92592

  • Foghat

    Why can I ride a motorcycle without a helmet in the US but not drive an electric microcar? Safety standards? Give me a break….

  • Foghat

    Why can I ride a motorcycle without a helmet in the US but not drive an electric microcar? Safety standards? Give me a break….

  • malika

    from where can i get more details about the car,like from when is it open for sale n from where can v buy it from

  • malika

    from where can i get more details about the car,like from when is it open for sale n from where can v buy it from

  • Rita

    Tata Nano is still a dream. There is a sad news about the Nano. It has halted production at its current site. Check this out:-

    http://www.kanbal.com/index.php?/Latest/tata-nano-still-a-dream.html

  • Rita

    Tata Nano is still a dream. There is a sad news about the Nano. It has halted production at its current site. Check this out:-

    http://www.kanbal.com/index.php?/Latest/tata-nano-still-a-dream.html

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  • Hi,

    I am an electrical enthusiast. Though an IT pro, but an electrical engineer by background, and worked for 8 years with the electrical giant Siemens.

    1. Would like to focus on creating a green battery that can retain more charge and charge faster

    2. I have the plans for a green 4-wheeler that would revolutionize the way the world thinks of cars.

    I need the above partners and some funds to give shape to the revolution.