World’s cheapest electric car – Tara Tiny

Posted on March 17, 2008. Filed under: cars | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

On paper, this car is the cheapest car in the world. Not the Tata Nano.

The Tata Nano, which made its debut at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, India in January costs approximately US $ 2,500. The Tara Tiny would cost around US $ 2475! No I am not pulling your leg – it is true.

And it is an electric car to boot. What more do you want? Huh? Huh?

I did a quick search and I could not find the website for the manufacturer Bengal Enamel. Bengal Enamel? Whatever, but I am repeating this – this is not a joke. Look at the pictures below. The cars would be exported too – but I do not know to which countries. Some of the pics of the Tara Tiny below have the steering on the left – that looks like an export to the US.

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Tara International has teamed up with China’s Aucma, a leading player in the electrical vehicles and appliances segment, to manufacture these cars.

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Expected range is 80 – 100 kms on an 8-hour charge. Not of much use for the highway for sure. But if all you need a small runabout for the town, this car will do well enough.

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So is the Tara Tiny going to take on the Tata Nano? Of course not. I am impressed by the sheer guts of Tara International though. An electric car at that price is amazing, considering that the Reva electric car costs around Rs 3 lakh (7500 US $) when I last heard – so if tara International can truly put this car in the market at this price, that is brilliant indeed.

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