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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tara's Tiny is here


Move over Tata Nano, because it might no longer be the world's cheapest car. A West Bengal based company Bengal Enamel is bringing out an electric powered green-car called Tara Tiny, which will be priced at Rs. 99,999/- only ($2500). This ex-showroom price is Re. 1 less than that of Tata Nano, thus making it the world's cheapest car. Also, with the recent reduction in the tax and excise duties of green vehicles, this might turn out to be a better preposition in comparision to the Tata's Nano.

We have seen electric two-wheelers already in India, but they have not become so popular. However, Tara might bring in a whole new surge in the electric-vehicle (EV) market that will extend to electric powered Buses and Trucks as well, if it is successful.

The company plans to import components from China's Aucma, which specializes in electric vehicles and appliances. According to the company, 60-70% of these components will be imported directly from China, while the rest being manufactured locally. It will also bring out higher versions of the car namely Titu, Micro and Mini.

Now one can't stop but ponder how it can stand against the Nano. So lets make a comparision ourselves on different parameters.

Cost
Nano: Rs. 1,00,000 (+ taxes)
Tiny: Rs. 99,999 (+ taxes)
Tiny might actually win here if the "green" taxes applied are less than that for Nano

Travelling Cost (monthly)
Nano: Rs. 500 (for 240 kms, 25 kmpl and Rs. 50 per liter petrol)
Tiny: Rs. 120 (for 240 kms, 50 paise per km)
No doubts here as to who the clear winner is! Tiny all the way.

Maintenance (monthly)
Nano: Rs. 250 (average - Tata does not have a good reputation in this regard, but that's for diesel cars)
Tiny: Can't predict (Pros: maintenance cost will be low as it will not have an engine, clutch or gears, or a carburetor, radiator, exhaust. Cons: China product)
We will have to wait and watch in this regard.

Power
Nano: Top speed 105 kmph (65 mph)
Tiny: Top speed 70 kmph (45 mph) (based on that of Reva)
Both are supposed to be city cars. It may not be a big concern. But Nano wins in this regard.

Looks like Tiny wins on more counts. However, Bangalore based Reva EV (see image) has been around for a while, however it is a touch expensive and inspite of getting a lot of praises it has not become that popular in India. Only time will tell!

4 comments:

Studio Mirra said...

Can u give me any dealer of Tara tiny in chennai?

anil said...

I WANT TO BUY TARA TINY AT AJMER. KINDLY ADVISE ME WHO SHALL BE THE DEALER? ALSO IF POSSIBLE CAN I RECEIVE DISCOUNT ON EXCISE BECAUSE I AM CERTIFIED 80% DISABLE?
ajmeranil@gmail.com
23 Kundan Nagar, Ajmer 305007.
phone: 01452429173.

st_ttb said...

is this car seriously available in the market.well I live in Delhi and i have not yet seen this car and never heard of it yet.well if its available inform me sumbdy...st_ttb@aol.in.well Im waitin for Nano.....

kavitha said...

I want to buy tara's tiny, Where is it available in Hyderabad?