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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
Cadillac Unveils a Photo of What You Would Call its First Electric Car. VOA

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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Usage of Lithium-ion Batteries Revolutionizing the World

Lithium-ion Batteries have revolutionised Technology in the World

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Lithum-Ion Battery
A Lithium-Ion Battery for Samsung Mobile Phone. Wikimedia Commons

Be it smartphones, notebooks or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our world, laying the foundation for a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday while awarding the 2019 Nobel prize in Chemistry to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

The Li-ion technology is currently the best performing technology for energy storage based on batteries. Li-ion batteries are used in small electronics (smartphones, laptops etc) and are also the best options for electric cars.

In the 1970s as the world stared at oil crisis, Whittingham from Binghamton University in the US, American professor and solid-state physicist Goodenough (currently at the University of Texas at Austin) and Japanese chemist Yoshino advanced the development in the field through the 1980s.

Since Lithium is the lightest metal, using lithium ions made batteries lighter.

The lithium-ion batteries were launched commercially by Sony and Asahi Kasei Corporation in 1991.

Today, the race is on among the stakeholders to find a battery that can let users enjoy time on their devices without worrying about the charge.

Researchers from the University of Alberta recently developed a new battery technology that could provide 10 times more charge capacity compared to the lithium-ion power packs.

This battery technology utilizes silicon nanoparticles as an electrode for the lithium-ion batteries. Silicon is abundant, and the substance only costs around a third of the price of high-purity graphite, which sells for more than $10,000 per metric ton.

Going forward, smartphones will sport graphene batteries that charge swiftly, and will mark a quantum leap from the fast charging technologies and the current default of lithium-ion batteries.

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Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur in the above picture. IANS

When it comes to electric cars, Elon Musk-run Tesla has achieved great deal of efficacy in this field and is now aiming to create a lithium-ion battery that can run a car or an electric truck for over 16 lakh kms.

Current Tesla cars can achieve about 8 lakh kms out of their batteries before they face any serious problem.

A new research paper from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada has claimed the Jeff Dahn-led team is close to creating a lithium-ion battery that can run a car for over 1 million (over 16 lakh) miles.

For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world’s most efficient electric vehicles.

As a result, Tesla vehicles already travel farther on a single charge than any other production EV on the market.

Model S and Model X cars can achieve nearly 600 kms and 525 kms per charge on a 100 kWh battery pack.

Tesla’s choice of cylindrical cells sets it apart from other EV players. The company also uses a liquid-cooled thermal management system to manage battery temperatures whereas other automakers take a more economical air-cooling approach.

By adjusting the temperature of the battery pack, Tesla is able to ensure that cells are operating in their most efficient and optimal states, thereby maximizing battery longevity as well as performance.

It has been argued that lithium will be one of the main objects of geopolitical competition in a world running on renewable energy and dependent on batteries.

Current research areas for lithium-ion batteries include life extension, energy density, safety, cost reduction and charging speed, among others.

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Research has also been under way in the area of non-flammable electrolytes as a pathway to increased safety based on the flammability and volatility of the organic solvents used in the typical electrolyte. (IANS)