Saturday, 7 January 2012
Have you ever watched the ubiquitous seniors' electric trolleys scooting around the burbs, and wondered about transport solutions for an increasingly congested urban environment?
The vast majority of Australians live in exactly these situations, yet we persist in buying machines to get us from home to supermarket, friends’ place, sporting venue or restaurant that weigh tonnes, use extravagant amounts of rapidly diminishing resources and take up precious road space.
We are conditioned to believe that unless our daily transport tool can travel at 200 km/hr, has a range of 750 kms, and is capable of shifting the contents of the shed out the back in one hit, it’s not worth having.
I’ll concede that maybe once or twice a year, we may need to undertake the Great Australian Road Trip, but why would you buy any piece of kit based on a need that is the exception rather than the rule?
Hire a 4WD when you need it – in the long run it’s a helluva lot cheaper.
It’s a bit like purchasing an industrial grade refrigerator when your needs are domestic only. Madness – yet when it comes to motor cars, we generally take leave of our senses.
Before you scoff – consider this.
In rapidly developing India, the industrial giant Tata has come up with a solution to India’s everyday transport problems called the Nano.
It will get four people from one side of Kolkatā or Mumbai to another quickly, relatively quietly, and out of the weather for very little fuel. It may not meet our local vehicle safety requirements, but it’s a bloody sight safer than your average pushbike, motor bike or 20 year old clunker.
So if it works in India, why not here?
Based on up-to-date currency conversions, a Tata Nano would retail here for $2820 AUD. That’s less than you’d pay for a battery powered senior’s scooter.
And they’re air-conditioned. Apparently it gets hot in India.
Watch the tester driving along talking to the camera which is outside the vehicle (at about 1.02).
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