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Electric Cars: The Newest Trend In India

Companies like Tata, and Mahindra are investing huge amount of money in these e-cars

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Electric cars are gaining more and more popularity in India and are sure to see a boom in their sales and production in the coming future. Photo: M. Rittgerott
Top Automotive Trends of this year listed. VOA
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By Ruchika Verma 

  • Electric Cars in India are the newest trend
  • Electric cars are environment-friendly and are greatly appealing the general public
  • This year’s auto expo saw many electric-hybrid car releases

This year’s auto expo was over just a few days ago and one thing which attracted everyone was the electric cars. There were several models which attracted the eyes of all the spectators in the expo. Not only are these cars famous for being environment-friendly but are also fastly becoming the latest trend in India.

Electric cars are the newest trend in India. VOA
Electric cars are the newest trend in India. VOA

After the 2018 auto expo, there is little doubt about the fact that electric cars are definitely going to be the future of Indian automobile huge hit industry. Electric cars in India are expected to become a huge hit, and even though the government is not planning on making any new policies regarding them, the craze about them enough to stop the industry from imploding.

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Electric vehicles in India are surely the newest trend. Companies like Tata, Maruti and Mahindra are investing a huge amount of money in these e-cars, Mahindra’s investments going up to around Rs. 500 crores.

Here is the list of all the electric cars that you can buy in India to join the latest trend.

Electric cars are the future of Indian automobile industry. VOA
Electric cars are the future of Indian automobile industry. VOA

Mahindra e20 NXT

Mahindra e20 NXT is one of the best affordable electric cars released this year in in India. Mahindra e20 price range starts from around 6 lakhs. The car is a four-seater and can be easily charged and also has touchscreen system. 

BMW i3

BMW i3 is one of the best electric cars which were unveiled during the Auto-expo 2018. The BMW i3s has a high output 181 bhp electric motor and zero emissions. This car made heads turn in the auto expo and is said to be one of the best models BMW could’ve released for the electric car’s enthusiast Indians.

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Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq was displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018. However, this electric car is still under considerations for release in India. The Ioniq will help Hyundai is working out an affordable EV for the Indian market. It can go from 0-100kmph time in  10.2 seconds, with a top speed rated at 165 km/h with a range of 280km.

Hyundai Ioniq is under consideration for release in india. hyundaiusa.com
Hyundai Ioniq is under consideration for release in India. hyundaiusa.com

Uniti Electric car

Uniti Electric Car is an electric vehicle which is all set to be released in India by 2020. The car is a 5 seater and is said to be having the newest technology. However, many things like assembling and manufacturing are yet to be decided.

 

Renault Trezor Concept EV

Trezor is an aggressive two-seater Grand Tourer and has sleek carbon fibre body. This e-car delivers 348bhp and develops 380 Nm of torque. Renault has fitted the car with two air-cooled big batteries, one at the front and the other at the back. It surely is one electric car which is worth the hype.

Renault Trezor has a carbon fibre body. renault.co.uk
Renault Trezor has a carbon fibre body. renault.co.uk

Suzuki e-Survivor

The e-Survivor is an SUV and has taken inspiration from the success of Jimny and Vitara. The car has four in-wheel electric motors and is a 4×4. It has extremely short overhangs at both the front and rear axles which shows its compactness.The e-Survivor comes with electrically retractable running boards and features a modern front fascia.

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Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles

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Uber's new safety feature turns smartphones into crash detectors (VOA)

Toyota will invest half a billion dollars into ride-sharing giant Uber as part of a deal for the two companies to work together on developing self-driving vehicles.

Toyota, one of the world’s largest car makers, is seen as lagging behind other companies, including General Motors and Google’s Waymo, in the autonomous-vehicle race.

Uber has already begun testing self-driving vehicles, but was forced to remove hundreds of autonomous cars from the road in March after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Arizona.

The deal between Uber and Toyota is an indication that Uber does not want to go it alone in creating the complex, autonomous driving systems.

Self-driving cars have always been important to Uber, which sees them as a way to reduce the cost of carrying passengers. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had insisted on developing a proprietary self-driving system, however current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been working to develop more partnerships for the company.

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A visitor walks through a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Aug. 3, 2018. (VOA)

Uber has been doing safety evaluations since the March crash that killed a 49-year-old woman as she walked her bicycle across the street. The company took a step in July toward relaunching its vehicle testing in Pittsburgh, putting its self-driving cars back on the road in manual mode.

Toyota has been cautious in its approach to self-driving vehicles and has focused on partial autonomous systems. However, the company says it plans to begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020.

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles.

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Proponents of the new technology argue that self-driving cars will prove to be safer than human drivers because the cars will not get distracted and will obey all traffic laws.

Critics have expressed concern about the technology’s safety, including the ability of the autonomous technology to deal with unpredictable events. (VOA)