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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.

Also Read: If I Buy Electric Car, Where will I Charge it? European Countries Aim to be all-electric by 2040

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.

Also Read: Are electric vehicles solution to pollution problem?

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 Announces To Launch TALKING vehicles in U.S. in 2021

Toyota to launch talking vehicles in the United States in the year 2021

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The Toyota logo is seen on a car in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2, 2017. Toyota has said it will make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all its U.S. models by the end of 2017.
The Toyota logo is seen on a car in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2, 2017. Toyota has said it will make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all its U.S. models by the end of 2017. (VOA)

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to start selling U.S. vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021, the Japanese automaker said on Monday, potentially preventing thousands of accidents annually.

The U.S. Transportation Department must decide whether to adopt a pending proposal that would require all future vehicles to have the advanced technology.

Toyota hopes to adopt the dedicated short-range communications systems in the United States across most of its lineup by the mid-2020s. Toyota said it hopes that by announcing its plans, other automakers will follow suit.

The Obama administration in December 2016 proposed requiring the technology and giving automakers at least four years to comply. The proposal requires automakers to ensure all vehicles “speak the same language through a standard technology.”

Automakers were granted a block of spectrum in 1999 in the 5.9 GHz band for “vehicle-to-vehicle” and “vehicle to infrastructure” communications and have studied the technology for more than a decade, but it has gone largely unused. Some in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission think it should be opened to other uses.

Toyota Car Logo
Toyota Car Logo. Pixabay

In 2017, General Motors Co began offering vehicle-to-vehicle technologies on its Cadillac CTS model, but it is currently the only commercially available vehicle with the system.

Talking vehicles, which have been tested in pilot projects and by U.S. carmakers for more than a decade, use dedicated short-range communications to transmit data up to 300 meters, including location, direction and speed, to nearby vehicles.

The data is broadcast up to 10 times per second to nearby vehicles, which can identify risks and provide warnings to avoid imminent crashes, especially at intersections.

Toyota has deployed the technology in Japan to more than 100,000 vehicles since 2015.

Also Read: Tesla aiming to build 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said last year the regulation could eventually cost between $135 and $300 per new vehicle, or up to $5 billion annually but could prevent up to 600,000 crashes and reduce costs by $71 billion annually when fully deployed.

NHTSA said last year it has “not made any final decision” on requiring the technology, but no decision is expected before December.

Last year, major automakers, state regulators and others urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to finalize standards for the technology and protect the spectrum that has been reserved, saying there is a need to expand deployment and uses of the traffic safety technology.  VOA