The Indian government is eyeing an electric revolution to keep a check on the routine smog that takes a toll on the health of the people in the country. In this regard, the government envisions all new cars on Indian roads to be electric by 2030. This is also in line with the global mission to reduce global warming induced by burning of fossil fuels for transportation.
At the 2018 Auto Expo held in Greater Noida, there was a fresh set of electric vehicles showcased for the public. These cars basked in the limelight with their futuristic exteriors and powerful batteries.
Inadequacies In The Industry:
Green vehicles are expected to phase out the carbon-emitting automobiles seen on the roads today. Auto manufacturers have tried to encompass the latest technology in electric vehicles to lure new customers to their offerings. However, some of the leading auto manufacturers in the country have expressed concern over the fact that the set up of the infrastructure for charging e-vehicles have been delayed. Moreover, the hefty price tags that currently accompany these vehicles may prove to be a deterrent for new car buyers. Some of the auto manufacturers do not seem too keen on taking up the risk of low demand for this segment of vehicles.
The only company in India that currently offers electric vehicles to its customer base is Mahindra Electric. The company considers itself to be a pioneer in this field as it had started investing in e-vehicles much before the government’s push for electric mobility. Leading players in the industry such as Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors are competing to offer similar models at affordable prices.
Electric Cars That Stole The Show:
Here, we have put together the most alluring electric vehicles that were showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. This includes the offerings from both Indian and Foreign automakers.
- Maruti Suzuki e-Survivor - The electric concept car from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. was referred to as the e-Survivor SUV at the Auto Expo. The car has four in-wheel electric engines. The twin seating arrangement and open roof gave the car a striking appearance. The vehicle is also very compact, with short overhangs at the front and the rear. Autonomous driving capability is another highlight of the vehicle.
- Hyundai Ioniq - Ionique from Hyundai is a magnificent 5-door sedan that is available in three variants - completely electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. The car has a 118 hp electric engine that generates 295 Nm of maximum torque. It also has a 28.9 kWH battery. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 10.2 seconds. The maximum speed that can be achieved by the sedan is 165 km/h. The car will be priced between Rs.25 lakh and Rs.30 lakh in the Indian market. It is capable of travelling a distance of 280 km on a single charging. The vehicle is expected to compete with the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid after its launch in India.
- Tata Racemo+- - Tata Motors exhibited the electric concept of its popular sports car Racemo+- at the 2018 Auto Expo. The car has a 200 hp electric engine that generates maximum torque of 210 Nm. The lithium-ion battery pack, two-seater structure, and 6-speed AMT transmission unit are key features of the vehicle. The Racemo+- can speed up from 0 to 100 kmph in just 6 seconds. On a single charging, the car can travel 350 km.
- BMW i3 - The compact electric car from BMW, the i3, has a 181 bhp electric engine that creates maximum torque of 269 Nm. There is also a 22 kwh battery in the vehicle. The car is capable of reaching 100 kmph speed within 6.9 seconds of starting.
- Honda Urban EV concept - The unveiling of Honda’’s Urban EV concept took place at the 2018 Auto Expo. The concept encompasses the future plan of the auto manufacturer in the field of electric vehicles. The car has a chic look in spite of its muscular build. The wrap-around panoramic dashboard screen is a jaw-dropping feature of the car. The specifications and other details of the vehicle were not revealed by Honda.
- Renault Zoe e-Sport - One of the two electric cars showcased by Renault at the Auto Expo, the Zoe e-Sport is already available in several European markets. The car has two engines that utilise a high intensity permanent magnet system to generate top power of 340 kW. The engines are connected to two batteries that allow complete power output. The vehicle can speed up to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and is capable of achieving maximum speed of 210 km/h.
- Mercedes Benz EQ concept - Mercedes Benz exhibited its EQ concept at the Auto Expo this year. The concept has a dual-electric engine that generates maximum power of 400 hp. The car is backed by a lithium-ion battery and it can travel up to 500 km on a single charge. The vehicle can touch 0-100 kmph in a matter of 5 seconds as well.
- Uniti Electric - An electric car concept that was the brainchild of the Swedish automotive start-up company, Uniti, turned a lot of heads at the Auto Expo. The concept, christened as Uniti Electric, is a 5-seater compact car. The vehicle can travel up to 200 km on a single charging. The car looks sleek and tidy and has a revolutionary recyclable carbon fiber body and organic composite interiors. Uniti Electric is expected to enter the Indian automobile scene as early as 2020 through a joint venture with the Bird Group, based out of Delhi.
- Renault Trezor - The Renault Trezor is expected to create 348 bhp of maximum power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The two-seater can reach 100 kmph in 4 seconds. The car has two air-cooled batteries as well. The revolutionary concept of the Trevor and its styling is expected to grab a lot of attention once it hits the Indian market.
On a global scale, there are many countries that have the same vision as India - to do away with fossil fuel vehicles as soon as possible. The United Kingdom has placed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. Also, Paris has plans of eliminating fossil fuel vehicles completely. China is aiming to cap its carbon emissions by the year 2030 as well.
The growth of EVs in India is inevitable. But there needs to be more clarity from the government on the infrastructure and policies associated with such vehicles, so that auto manufacturers can plan future launches in the country.
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