Thursday, January 17, 2008

The greenhouse gases released will harm the driver’s grandchildren’s generation, not so much the driver himself.

Oil is the problem, not cars

The new small $2,500 people’s car from the Tatas, to be unveiled on January 10, has been stirring debates, be they about how the one-lakh car will change the auto world, or more practically, how it will inexorably add to the load on roads.

But there are also massive opportunities that are not to be lost sight of, says Mr Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, author of Power to the People ( ).

“Indian carmakers and energy companies can leapfrog ahead to a cleaner, smarter and more sustainable paradigm of growth,” he avers. “Cars do not have to be as dirty as the giant gas-guzzling behemoths commonly seen on American roads, for example.”

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