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God knows what will happen to the traffic in our larger cities once manufacturers release their sub-Rs. 100,000 cars. As it is our roads are already choked (designed as they were decades ago for a much more modest level of traffic).

Despite everything done by the manufacturers, think too of the pollution that will be added to the environment, brought about by the sheer volume of traffic. Here’s some good news in this context.

India is set to get its very own ‘green’ car with Tata Motors and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) teaming up to launch a vehicle that will run on hydrogen, leaving behind only water vapour as exhaust. Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of Rs. 32,426 crores (USD 7.2 billion) in 2006-07.

The car, which has been on Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata’s mind since 2005, is expected to hit the roads by 2008. According to industry watchers, the new vehicle would be completely driven by electricity instead of an engine.

Toyota, BMW, General Motors and Hyundai already have their own hydrogen-powered cars.