In last months post "Analyzing TATA's Nano Fan Page" I asked TATA. Once a week I checked back with them and re-posted my question, but I received no response. Knowing that my question may have been lost in the shuffle, on April. 21st I decided to make my fourth follow up and I again re-posted my question on TATA's Nano Fan Page:
Y-Green Energy So, when will the Nano be made available in North America? My readers are patiently waiting for your answer.
Tata Nano @Y-Green Energy: Currently we will not be able to confirm on any of the launches. But we will certainly announce it big when the decision is taken. Request all the Nano lovers in North American to bear with us.
Y-Green Energy Hi Tata, Thank You for responding. With gas prices so high, the Nano is a much needed mode of transportation that is affordable and good for the environment. If you have any further details or updates you are allowed to provide please email me at: email@example.com Thanks.
Unfortunately, I found TATA's response to my question rather Disappointing. It was disappointing because, It was back in 2008 that TATA first announced that the Nano was to be made available in North America by 2010.
Unfortunately that didn't happen; If this did come to fruition that would have forced other automakers to change the Antiquated, combustion engine to implement the Nano's Air powered, oil free engine. It would have helped decrease our dependence on oil. Who wouldn't want that? Hmmm...
Instead the reason given to TATA was that the Nano didn't meet North American safety standards. Since 2009; TATA has made significant improvements to the design, safety and manufacturing quality of the Nano but still to no avail.
Today in 2011 the future for the Air Car in North America is still uncertain, and in TATA's response to my question, they politely requested for me to ask all you Nano lovers in North America to be patient and bear with them. Since we have already been waiting for over 4 years, it's really difficult to keep Waiting for the World to Change. So I made one last attempt to search the web for a more detailed answer to my question.
In my persistence I was rewarded, and found a more detailed answer to my question on the TATA Forum.
"Tata wants to introduce a European version of the Nano by 2012 and has plans too to export the cars to other regions, including North America".
- Tataforum.com Administrator
So their you have it! It appears that 2012 is the TATA Nano's new release date for Europe! Lets keep asking companies like TATA to manufacture more alternative energy solutions like the Nano. I'm certain if we make our requests for Air Powered cars heard by other vehicle manufacturers. Perhaps The Nano's North American release will be in 2012 as well?
(Photo provided by: TATA Motors)