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We told you all about Tata's 1 lakh car (1 lakh=100,000 rupees), the world's cheapest car a month ago, it made a big splash on the world stage. Now, there's news of a car that claims to be cheaper and greener: the Tara Tiny! India's Tara International says it will release a four-seat electric car called Tiny that will cost just 1 rupee less than 1 lakh or 99,999 rupees (roughly 2,500 US dollars).

With its battery power, the Tiny will have a top speed of 70 km per hour (43 mph) and a range of 100 km (62 miles). The operating costs is 60 paise for every km, about one-fifth to one-tenth the cost of using gas. The Tiny is expected in the next three to five months along with three other electric cars tentatively branded: Tara Titu, Tara Micro and Tara Mini.

Tara International is working with China's Aucma, and has already ordered a 14-seat electric bus that will ship this May. Tara may even release an electric two-wheeler. It's not clear if Tara plans to release the Tiny overseas, but what is clear is that the Nano won't be the only car selling for about 1 lakh this year.

UPDATE: Tiny image added, courtesy of New Launches.

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[Source: Economic Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Now this makes me happy to hear. One thing about the Nano is that gasoline costs will easily surpass purchase price after a few years of ownership -- and throw on top of that maintenance, and you can see that the low cost of the car really isn't that low of an ownership cost. But with the Tiny, assuming its batteries are designed to last, it really could be that low of an ownership cost. This would give the Tiny a huge advantage over the Nano, which would consequently be a major selling point in a poor country like India. Not to mention that on many of their roads, you simply can't move that quickly and there's a lot of population density in the cities (hence more opportunities for charging stations and less need to go long distances), so the NEV aspect isn't that big of a deal.

      I think this could be a boon for India's rapidly deteriorating environment and urban air quality, as well as helping to mainstream electric vehicles.

      Not that I'd drive a Tata or Tara car of any kind until they can get their standards up, of course.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So Meme, what you are saying is it is ok for the people of India to drive a substandard car, but not you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen a picture of this in the papers - it's a piece of crap. There's no way it can pass a crash test. They really shdn't be allowed to call any metal box with a motor in it an electric car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can the manufacturer kindly suupply the complete specifications, their own e-mail/phone IDs, dealers addresses, ARAI & ISO/ISA Certification, cost of ownership (servicing, battery-charging/replacement), and of corse the all-important crash-test results ? We are working on a fue-cell version,and could also help tie-up with an auto major; also for clean, affordable, large-scale distributed solar primary energy sources.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is that the Zap Xebra with an extra front wheel? Dashboard switches, center console, seats, ignition switch and overall construction seem identical. Top speed is advertised a little higher in the US.

      There’s no need in India to fall into the motorcycle exemption for crash testing, etc. My guess is that this is the original, and the front end was modified for US imports as the Xebra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      rar, the quality of these cars will improve over the years. At slower speeds they will do just fine. Our streets aren't safe because of all the battle wagons going 80 mph.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! A $2500 electric car that will nearly reach highway speeds and have a 60-some-mile range :0 I wish Tara could sell some Tiny's here in the US, I'd buy one for sure. Except that it probably doesn't meet DOT standards.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Having lived in India and experience the driving sense, I am more worried about how many people in the car would actually survive a collision rather than how many people can fit comfortably in the car. :)
      May be this is the a covert population control measure by the secretive government.

      Either way, I would rather take the bus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IF THESE LITTLE CARS ARE SO DEADLY, MAY I SHOULD THINK ABOUT STARTING A FUNERAL HOME BUSINESS. JUST LEAVE ALL THE DEAD IN THE SMASHED UP CAR AND BURY THE WHOLE SHOOTING MATCH AT A BIG DISCOUNT!

      AND IF YOU A WRECKER BUSINESS YOU COULD JUST DRAG THE WHOLE THING OUT TO THE GRAVE YARD AND DROP IN INTO THE HOLE AND BE DONE WITH IT.

      MAYBE DRAY IT BY A HOSPITAL AND SEE IF THEY CARE TO BUY SOME BODY PARTS REAL CHEAP. AND I AIN'T SPEAKING ABOUT AUTO PARTS!
      • 6 Years Ago
      where i can order one of this cars...some body knows
      • 7 Years Ago
      My question is does is qualify as a "car" or an NEV? Not to discredit it but to compare apples to apples. I'd assume the Nano's top speed is more than 43 mph.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Throw in a little wind generator or pv array and voila! India is learning from our mistakes.
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