• Nov 30th 2009 at 4:30PM
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Once again, Tata chairman Ratan Tata has confirmed via the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper that his company intends to launch a hybrid version of the Nano. While it's impossible to know for sure, we'd imagine that starting off with the World's Least Expensive Automobile may very well equal the World's Least Expensive Hybrid.

We're also unsure what kind of hybrid system Tata is developing – we wouldn't expect to see a full hybrid system with an electric motor and battery pack large enough to power the vehicle for long periods of time, but we'd still hope for something more substantial than a simple stop/start micro system.

Previous reports indicate that a diesel engine is also in the works for the Nano, and we have high hopes that the inexpensive machine will make its way in somewhat modified form to the United States. Even with its current drivetrain, the gas-powered Nano delivers well over 50 U.S. miles per gallon, which would surely make for a welcome option here in America.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Necessity is the mother of invention .
      Its frugal engineering sure changed the course of the auto industry.
      Love the way this car is sure footedly being tweaked , crafted and outfitted for the untapped east and west markets . If let loose the Indian engineers could probably make it even a cheap boat,plane or crane. Genius!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Nano is India's Model T.

      It would be very interesting to see how they hybridize this car. If they do it via electrical motors, it won't take much power to keep it going, after all, the regular Nano only has 33 hp and pushes around 1300 lbs.

      I think they might be better off going EV with this car instead - possibly with an extended range ICE as a backup. If they used a motor even 1/2 as powerful as the current Prius (electric motor is 80 hp and 153 ft-lbs of torque), it would still be way faster than the current ICE Nano and because it is so light, it would probably have decent range too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm definitely going to opt for the premium 14" alloys; They will fill the 'wells up very nicely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wasn't one of these included with Forza 3?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just another example of what the man-made global warming hoax has done to the auto industry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see a diesel nano
      • 5 Years Ago
      The hybrid version of the Nano would do good especially in the traffic congested roads. People can keep it as a second car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      >>gas-powered Nano delivers well over 50 U.S. miles per gallon, which would surely make for a welcome option here in America.

      That gas-powered Nano you are referring to makes only 33hp.

      Being that in the US highway driving is important the Nano in its current configuration won't do. If you're in congested Mumbai then its another issue, but I'm assuming that they "hybrid" they are referring to is a start-stop variety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they already make the all electric version...its called a "Golf Cart"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think my morning bagel was bigger than those tires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont like the looks either but the Europa version was quite chic looking
      TATA seriously should stop using narrow wheels though....

      I dont think theres much space there for actual hybrid and not like so called hybrids are that brilliant and they wont be untill they invent ultra-lightweight batteries

      Diesel is fine if they can reduce the noise lvls...remember engine sits in the box right behind back sits

      However i wonder why they arent trying compressed air powered Nano
      I mean TATA has invested in OneCAT and if air powered Nano works...that wud be even cheaper than walking!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put a Hayabusa engine in it and take it drag racing.
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