Well, we've been watching this for a while now, and it's finally here. India-based Tata Motors, run by the famed Ratan Tata, has come out with their Nano subcompact, which they are branding as the "People's car" (reminiscent of the original VW and communist Russia's Ladas) and is the cheapest car in the world.
The company professes that "The People’s Car’s tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory requirements. In terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The high fuel efficiency also ensures that the car has low carbon dioxide emissions, thereby providing the twin benefits of an affordable transportation solution with a low carbon footprint."
Even ignoring tailpipe emissions, with the large numbers expected the sell, the footprint from producing the steel, aluminum, plastics, etc. is quite large. And anything that makes cars more accessible is going to increase the carbon footprint of India substantially.
Of course we need only look in our own backyards to see that Tata is simply working to help India catch up to the developed world. But that's not necessarily the most noble of pursuits.
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