Announcements about exciting new cars in the Indian market are coming fast and furious these days. We just posted on the Tara Tiny EV
, which follows up on the $2,500 Tata Nano
. Tata is now thinking about a wide range of alternative powertrains in its affordable cars, including "blended fuel, partial and complete hybrids, electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles," according to The Economic Times
. One possible hybrid version of the Indica would get 20 km/liter (about 47 mpg U.S.). The Times also spoke to unnamed sources about five prototype electric vehicles that will use li-ion batteries. The battery-powered or hybrid vehicles would likely arrive sometime between 2011 and 2016. Tata did confirm to the Times that these gasoline alternative are in the pipeline, but wouldn't give any details.
[Source: The Economic Times