Feb 6: India had, last year, witnessed many issues regarding air pollution. It was evident that the automobiles have an influential effect on this arena. Taking into consideration India’s aim on electric mobility, automakers will be seen pulling strings to help India acquire its goal. Automakers will unveil around 50 electric and hybrid vehicles at the Auto Expo 2018 which will commence this week at Greater Noida.
At auto shows we usually get to see the concept forms of electric vehicles. On the contrary, the Auto Expo 2018 will showcase working models of vehicles which will hit the road in 2-3 years. Majority of these will be positioned in the affordable segment and will be made relevant to the Indian economy.
Aiming to cut crude oil imports and reduce vehicular pollution, the government’s electric-mobility policy envisions that by 2030 majority of vehicles on road should be electric powered. Earlier the stand of automakers was doubtful, but the number of electric vehicles that are set to be showcased at Auto Expo makes it clear that the automobile industry is also backing the government’s electric mobility vision.
Apart from the electric mobility specialists like Sweden’s Uniti and two-wheeler makers such as Honda Motorcycle & Scooter, automakers including Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota Motor, Renault, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will showcase their electric-automotive technologies and models.
Maruti Suzuki will showcase the futuristic concept e-Survivor and a working model of the automaker’s next-generation hybrid technology, which powers the Suzuki Solio in Japan, at the Expo. The automobile giant is expected to launch its first affordable electric car by 2020.
The company will try to advance the fuel efficiency of vehicles and reduce pollution not only through pure electric vehicles but also through hybrid methods, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki, has been quoted by news sources. Stating that the acceptance from the side of customers is more important he disclosed that the company has initiated market surveys. He added that the company is setting up an ecosystem for electric vehicles in India in unity with their partners.
With Maruti Suzuki set to launch its electric car in 2020, Korean automaker Hyundai is gearing up to introduce its electric car in the Indian market in 2019. Both pure electric and hybrid vehicles from Ioniq range will be exhibited by Hyundai at this year’s Auto Expo. Meanwhile, exhibition of half a dozen electric vehicles at the expo are planned by Indian companies like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra.
A pure electric vehicle, two hybrids and a plug-in-hybrid will be displayed by Toyota Kirloskar Motors while a pure electric vehicle and two plug-in-hybrid vehicles will be on show from the South Korean carmaker Kia Motors. Renault will display Zoe e-Sport. The i8 and the i3s of BMW will be on display while Mercedes- Benz will showcase its EQ concept.
In the 2016 edition of Auto Expo, EVs were exhibited only by Mahindra, but this time various other companies will also be seen showcasing EVs.