Sunday, January 06, 2008

Amazing Tatas!!!


As I read a projection that gasoline prices were likely to rise to four dollars a gallon in the U.S. this summer, I became depressed. Then I thought about Tatas. Tatas always cheer me, but more so when I read an account in Business Week and the BBC detailing that the Tata Motor Company is going to be producing a car which will cost about three dollars a tank to power. The vehicle, you see, is powered by air.

Air. Compressed air. Want to read more? Check out these Tatas. And these.

True, I can fume over Bush's past decision to cast a blind eye to this technology, looking instead to ethanol, an expensive alternative which is driving up food costs. I can fume that the Big Three have ignored such options, whining instead about energy standards and labor costs. But I won't. I will instead take heart at the development of a technology that will make a tremendous splash internationally, forcing automakers to re-examine their priorities. If the Air Car can be embraced and properly promoted, marketed and supported by American corporate know-how, the Middle Eastern stranglehold on oil can be reduced. Not eliminated, but reduced.

So here's to the future and to ingenuity borne of necessity.

13 comments:

Donnetta Lee said...

To the future indeed, Stewart! May it drive us to someplace better. And more affordable.

Donnetta

Emory Rundle said...

I am right there with you on Bush and the auto industry. I hope Tatas take off like crazy and I can see them everywhere in all their wonderful colors, and may it take us somewhere where we are less dependant on oil.

Sphinx Ink said...

Ah, Stewart, you do know how to hook in the reader with a title! All I can say is, if the Tatas every arrive in the U.S., no doubt we'll figure out a way to make 'em huge and then they'll use up more air, etc., even if they use less oil....Consumers in this country have always liked huge tatas.

spyscribbler said...

Shit, you're kidding me. Do you know that my gas and food budget is THREE - FOUR times as much as it was four or so years ago?

It's starting to choke me, for crying out loud. Okay, it has been choking me. Geezuz, heck, frick-frack.

Four dollars sucks.

ShadowFalcon said...

you guys think petrol prices are bad you should try the uk, its shocking! bring on the hydro car and soon cos I'm poor

Travis said...

I luv me some tatas and I luv me some cars. Seems to me anything that combines the two should be on my radar.

SQT said...

Compressed air you say? Um, how come this isn't the most mass produced car ever? Oh yeah. Big oil.

It's going to be something to see when this starts to take over.

Charles Gramlich said...

But how will they go over at Indy or Daytona?

Jon said...

Read the fine print. It's not regular air they run on...it's elf breath. Gotta squeeze them little suckers a whole bunch to get enough. Not a pretty picture. Buy a Hummer, save an elf.

Jon said...

Better yet, buy a Jag or a Land Rover...Tata is in the process of buying those two.

x_X_xThe Black Rabbitx_X_x said...

Oh my God. An AIR car.
Awesome...

Sam Van Dellen said...

Ya know, there are in fact cheaper, safer, easier to park options in existence. Bicycles? Shoes?

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/bicycle-challenge-ride-local.html

Just sayin'.

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