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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    Indian company Tara International - not to be confused with Indian giant Tata - has announced plans for the Tara Tiny, the world's cheapest car - and it's electric.

    Mind you it's more golf cart than Tesla Roadster - top speed around 30 MPH; range around 60 miles, 8 hours to recharge from a standard wall socket.

    Base cost in US$2450 and there are plans to export it to the US.

    I suspect there could be a lucrative niche industry upgrading this with lithium-ion batteries and more powerful motors.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1449.2)
    I recommend the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car, it shows that electric cars as good as any regular car did exist but where killed off for various reasons.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1449.3)
    I recommend the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car, it shows that electric cars as good as any regular car did exist but where killed off for various reasons.


    It also leaves out the random, untraceable fires that would start in EV-1 motors, which is the reason why GM recalled them.

    Whoops.
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      CommentAuthorvrbtm
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1449.4)
    Who Killed the Electric Car, aside from being the best Ed Bagley Jr role ever (turns out, he's rad as hell), makes great points for electric cars.

    If you bring it up to someone resistant to the idea, the one thing people hate is being limited to 80 miles on a charge, which is around what the cars had in the movie. Thing is-- the statistic they quote is that people on average drive around half in a day. If this car gets 60 to a charge, that's fantastic.

    Unless you're a commuter.

    (In which case, golly, that's sad. Knock it off.)
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1449.5)
    I think the fire's only affected the first generation EV-1 motors, the second generation were not affected. GM cited lack of profitability as the reason they stopped producing it.