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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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SIAM Urge Government to Hold Wider Consultations, Follow Practical Approach on Electric Vehicles

The ambition needs to be tempered with a practical approach

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The automotive industry fully supports an ambitious aspiration of the NITI Aayog in bringing in electric mobility in the country as soon as possible. Pixabay

Cautioning the government over the draft electric vehicle (EV)policy, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Sunday said the government should adopt a practical approach towards adoption of EVs, without disrupting the automotive industry.

A steering committee headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has in a report laid out a roadmap for rollout of electric vehicles in a phased manner whereby it has proposed that all three-wheelers and two-wheelers below 150cc will need to go electric by 2023 and 2025, respectively.

“The automotive industry fully supports an ambitious aspiration of the NITI Aayog in bringing in electric mobility in the country as soon as possible. However, the ambition needs to be tempered with a practical approach and what is possible without needlessly disrupting the automotive industry,” a statement from SIAM quoted its President Rajan Wadhera as saying.

He observed that the industry is currently facing multiple challenges of “leapfrogging to BS-VI emission norms, complying with many new safety norms etc, in the shortest time-frame ever attempted in the world”.

SIAM, Government, Electric Vehicles
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Sunday said the government should adopt a practical approach towards adoption of EVs. Pixabay

The transition to BS-VI involves investments of the order of Rs 70,000-80,000 crore, he said, adding that the thought of banning sale of sub-150cc three-wheelers and two-wheelers by 2023 and 2025 respectively seems to be impractical as well as untimely.

Wadhera futher said: “None of the stakeholders in the country — industry, government nor the suppliers — have any meaningful experience of EVs to even contemplate a complete 100 per cent shift to 2/3 wheeler EVs by 2023/2025.”

In the current scenario, any policy to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles would lead to a policy induced disruption which could result in significant damage to the auto industry and spell a big blow to the overall ecosystem of the related medium, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), with its related impact on employment, he added.

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“What is required is a well laid out roadmap for an ambitious EV rollout over a practical timeframe along with an integrated plan for setting up the necessary infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country, in consultation with all stakeholders.” (IANS)