Tara Tiny (nee Xebra) to Undercut Nano

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
tara tiny nee xebra to undercut nano

In my recent review of the ZAP Xebra I stuck my neck out and said: "The Xebra probably costs $3k to make. It's certainly not worth much more than that." Turns out I was being (uncharacteristically) conservative. According to newlaunches.com, a four-wheel version of the Xebra is to be sold in India as the Tara Tiny for $2450. A joint venture between India's Tara and China's Aucma, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, will result in the "the world's cheapest car;" undercutting the Tata Nano by a whopping $50. The Xebra sedan is being sold here for up to $16k. BTW, battery life for the Xebra is 4k miles, according to a poll of owners. And how do I know it's the Xebra? That fourth wheel is a good disguise, but I'd recognize that god-awful hard-shell one-piece dashboard anywhere, even half-way around the world.

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  • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Mar 18, 2008

    rudiger, "conventional" lead acid cells may look the same, but car batteries cannot take many full discharge cycles. Deep-cycle lead acid batteries can, and are considerably more expensive.

  • NeonCat93 NeonCat93 on Mar 18, 2008

    From the extremely tiny fine print: The 50-62 mile range depends on several factors, such as beginning your journey on top of a mountain with a long, straight downhill, use of the optional sail attachment and fortuitous encounters with wormholes that provide 40 miles of transit. Range may be extended by attaching a large hang glider to the roof and driving off a cliff, but please note this will void the warranty and may not be covered by some insurance policies. Thank you for your purchase of a Tara Tiny.

  • MarkHigley MarkHigley on Apr 15, 2008

    "Paul" is basing his information on the life of Xebra batteries on a poll of EIGHT people. Paul, why don't you try and find something to write about that you really know something about? As for the price of the car in India, it's in India DUH! You head on over there and bring me one back one for $2450 and I'll eat your shoe. BTW: We would love to see you back over at the Xebra forum to educate us on all the things you know about Xebras. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Xebra_EV/ This is where Paul gets all his "Xebra Know How" from. Come on over and ask questrions of people who actually own Xebras, or just take Pauls word for it. My name is Mark Higley and my phone number is XXX-XXX-XXXX (deleted by moderator for security reasons). I have owned a Xebra for two years. I take my son to school in mine everyday and do most of my errands in my Xebra. I am a Xebra dealer and i do not hide behind fake names and misinformation.

  • Jolted Jolted on Sep 25, 2008

    I wonder how the Zebra would run with a Zilla controller and a set of lithium ion batteries?