Tata planning world’s cheapest hybrid vehicle

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

There was a big stir when Tata Motors made the Nano public, designated as the plant's cheapest vehicle. Whether the Indian carmaker can also produce the world's cheapest hybrid vehicle is contingent on the definition of hybrid.

Tata is reportedly working on an extra ecological variant of the Nano microcar that will highlight, among others, start/stop capabilities and is referring to it as a micro hybrid.

Putting the play on words aside, the technology supplied by Bosch is anticipated to lower fuel consumption and enhance emissions by an estimated 5 to 10 percent, and all of these for just a couple extra hundred dollars.

Certainly, being such a cheap vehicle, even just few hundred dollars is already a big percentage of the $2,500 Nano price tag, and Tata is anxious that the latest micro hybrid drivetrain will increase the cost of the car.

It is also anticipated that Tata will open diesel and electric variants of the Nano, and there is still no information available to help determine the order in which these models will premiere since there are so many elements that can influence Tata's manufacturing timeline. [via autobloggreen]

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