JARI's 3-Seater Electric Vehicle Could Rival Tata Nano

JARI's 3-Seater Electric Vehicle Could Rival Tata Nano

Electric vehicles may not be in the exact same playing field as USB drives, mainboards and SSDs, but there's still something whiz-bang-y about 'em that makes us drool. With Chevy's Volt inching towards production and a couple of other all-electric vehicles already leaking out to the wealthy, where are we common folk expected to fulfill our own fantasies of driving around on the open road without using a drop of fuel? JARI, we guess.

The Japan Automobile Research Institute has developed and revealed the C·ta, which is being described as a "lightweight three-seater electric vehicle whose body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). " There's no doubt that there is some question over this thing's stability and safety, but we suspect that said worries are the least of the concerns right now. The tiny car has four wheels and is outfitted with an in-wheel motor that's rated at 2kW; those motors are driven by a Li-ion battery setup. The total car weighs 661 pounds, with all but 88 pounds being made up of those very batteries.



As of now, the little guy can cruise up to 125 kilometers on a full charge, but it certainly won't get there with the speed of a Ferrari. We're still waiting for a price, but we're guessing it'll be fairly cheap--maybe this is the all-electric rival that the Tata Nano has been waiting for?
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>> with all but 88 pounds being made up of those very batteries

What is JARI going to officially call the car? Is Suicidemobile already taken?

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Nonsense! If we all drove things this small and light, we'd all be a lot safer and better off than we are now. Separate the highways for the high speed gas-guzzlers, and keep these things only to the city streets. That's what needs to happen.

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Great... but what happens when some teen from outside the city drives their SUV or farm truck into town and mows over you?

My guess is that they don't get scratched (thus encouraging SUV sales) while you get to eat 500+lbs of battery acid.

I'm not saying it wouldn't be great to get cars down to this size, but I don't think it's a one-step process.  Nor do I think that an 88lb frame would support the majority of morbidly overweight Texans I see every day.

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Oh good lord, it's a Mario Kart brought to life.

What do you want to be that Shonen Knife has one of these on order?

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ClemSnide:

Oh good lord, it's a Mario Kart brought to life.

What do you want to be that Shonen Knife has one of these on order?

Lol...

Sadly:  Everytime I hear of Shonen Knife, I think about Proxomitron... a great proxy server for Windows and the first program to make me seriously learn regular expressions.  Scott Lemmon, RIP.

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Now I ain't saying he's a gravedigger, but you don't see him with no broke broke.

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