One way or another, we're going to see a Tata
vehicle here in the United States. Whether or not it's through the Jaguar/Land Rover brands
or something actually wearing the Tata nameplate, India's
top vehicle builder is moving aggressively to become a world player. To that end, Tata Motors has entered into a new deal with Chrysler
, LLC to develop an electric version of Tata's Ace mini truck for sale
in North America. Chrysler's Global Electric Motorcars
division (GEM) is working with Tata to import fully-assembled vehicles that meet all the appropriate U.S. regulations. The battery-operated Ace has successfully navigated the required safety tests, and they're reportedly ready for production. Tata wants to eventually export up to 50,000 vehicles to the US, but they've pegged the goal for 2008 at 10,000 units. This is definitely the year to keep an eye on Tata.