The Tata Nano continues to make headlines both for the right and wrong reasons since its unveiling at the Delhi AutoExpo in January this year. Land acquisition trouble and rising inflation which has past well over 11% in the country has created a new set of problems for Tata, although the manufacturer is hell-bent on retailing the base model at $2,500 and more importantly on the previously decided dead line of anytime between September and October.

The good news is that Tata is working on multiple variants of the Nano. No, not bumper colors or alloy wheels, by variants, we mean powertrain options. Sources say a battery powered Nano might roll out of the Singur plant in West Bengal very shortly along with air-powered and micro-hybrid (start-stop technology) models.

The compressed air technology would be borrowed from French company MDI, which uses compressed air to push the piston. An onboard compressor pressurizes air which is stored in a tank for use, a technology which works pretty well, and is one of the best alternatives to an electric car.

Otherwise, the Tata Nano uses a 2-cylinder 624 cc engine that produces a little over 30 hp. The tailpipe emissions are minimal and is less than what an average motorcycle in India would emit.

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Source: Wippz

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9 comments:

  (580) posted on 03.30.2012

I approve of the eco-friendliness of this car. And Tata has made it favorable now for the possible consumers too because of its efficiency.

  (1211) posted on 03.15.2012

It is amusing if I see a nano that will run out of power in the middle of a heavy traffic. Because of the engineer of this car is joking.

  (228) posted on 03.23.2011

I do believe that every car should have a different characteristic and manufacturer is responsible of that one. But i think, they are making things worst and they are not clear about the goal of Tata Nano. I really get disappointed when last year, manufacture activate the diesel engine of the car in case it loses it power!

  (377) posted on 11.2.2010

Just what we need on the roads with 18 wheelers!

  (570) posted on 01.19.2010

Nice features. But to be honest, this doesn’t seem like a beautiful car to drive and attract women. Look like more of a cab.

  (570) posted on 01.19.2010

Nice features. But to be honest, this doesn’t seem like a beautiful car to drive and attract women. Look like more of a cab.

  (815) posted on 01.18.2010

well i really dont know anything about TATA brands, but this might be the answer to the growing Oil Crisis and Global warming. but it looks like it doesn’t have a chance to passed the Euro Vehicle Safety Test.

  (520) posted on 07.9.2008

smiley nice toy, but i prefer a much bigger and poluting hatchback.

AK47  (1024) posted on 07.7.2008

Im all up for the enviroment but this thing is a monstrosity. Calling it a car is like saying that Porche engineers can come up with original designs.

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