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What sort of car do you imagine you could get for $2200?
Were a company selling cars that cheap to offer alternative energy vehicles, what would you expect them to cost?

I received an email today from my broker telling me about a car manufacturere in India called Tata Motors. I did some research and yes, this company does appear to offer an awful lot for the buck, enough to compete even in India where what they call "cars" in India are scooters in front and rickshaws in back.

My research into this company led me to many entertaining and informative videos and articles regarding new alternative energies and designs. After composing a reply to my broker in which I explained what I had learned, I would like to share this with my friends. Have a look

Tata appears to actually be putting into production cars which use these alternative fuels.

The first Tata motors alternative fuel runs on compressed air, something that hard core modelers have known about for years. I found an older video from 2004 which details the inventor's developments prior to it being picked up by Tata Motors.

This next video from 2005 shows that same air car technology a little further along and reveals what has been done to make them safer but also shows a competing air powered engine being developed.

The second Tata motors alternative fuel runs on hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

YouTube Video depicting a slide show of Tata motors cars

Photo of a Tata Motors car with an interesting article explaining how the company was born in 1998

Photos of a station wagon are included in this article which appears to suggest that Hyundai motors is in someway responsible for Tata Motors. I admit I'm not clear on the connection after reading the previous article.

This last set of articles and photos starts out with a limbo roller skater skating under a row of Tatas, and is followed by an article about the luxury model, the Tata Indigo XL, then what appears to be a sizable Tata SUV selling for only $2200 and ends with the Tata Concept car, the "Cliffrider" at some auto show.

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fixx From: fixx Date: April 24th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Follow up from my broker and my come-back

you wrote:
> Of course, none of these cars will make it here,
> as they would not pass USA safety standards that
> are mandatory. (air bags, anti-lock brakes, etc)

I'm not so sure about that. They aren't stupid over there, and they are competing in a market where most of the competition is already driving on three wheels. Three wheels is significant because when you market anything on three wheels in the US (or at least in Maryland) it automatically becomes a "motorcycle" and does not require air bags or other safety equipment even if you choose to include it. If the vehicle runs on electricity or anything not involving gasoline it is treated even more favorably.

So you see, if Tata is intelligent and researches the world market adequately, they will naturally discover that a three wheeled alternative fueled vehicle will sell really well in the united states, and they will very likely have the corner on the market here.

> Just some food for thought?

Great idea! I should suggest they call their three wheeled alternative fueled vehicle, "The Samosa" due to its naturally triangular shape.
dianec42 From: dianec42 Date: April 25th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Follow up from my broker and my come-back

The Samosa! That's awesome. (-:

I wonder if this is the same Tata I've seen sponsoring some Formula One team or other... o_O
From: wolfdancer Date: April 24th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

cool linkj

i2want one
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: April 24th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

***Slight chain yanking***

Then of course, there's always the super-efficient, unregulated, traditional...

Bike.

Or a moped. I always wanted one of those. Preferably a really silly color like hot pink.

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