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.
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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: