Auto Expo 2018 highlights: Electric Vehicles steal the limelight

Oscar Cross
February 11, 2018

In the premium segment, UM Lohia two wheelers Pvt Ltd showcased world's first electric cruiser - The Renegade Thor - starting at Rs 4.9 lakh. Though the government subsequently denied this target in parliament, it is still widely touted.

The Indian automobile industry on Wednesday showcased its vision for an all-encompassing electric-powered transport solutions at the pre-open day of the Auto Expo 2018.

Kia, which displayed its cars in India for the first time at the auto show, expects to produce 30,000 vehicles in 2019 to start with, Shim said.

The company also showcased its 2-seater electric auto - Uniti One - along side a virtual reality demonstration of the 5-seater vehicle. The company will also launch the new third-generation Swift.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India unveiled its most extensive product line-up of 11 new models.

The government says all new vehicles sold in the country must be electric from 2030.

The firm had earlier bagged an order from state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to supply 350 electric cars. It will have a powerful electric drive of 300kW total output with a range of up to 500 km along with driver assistance systems for maximum safety, the company said.

The company exhibited two concept cars-the H5X and 45X-based on its two-architecture strategy. The company will highlight the future of mobility based on three pillars - clean, connected and convenient. SIAM's Styling & Design Group, has been promoting capacity building in the area of styling & design of vehicles and has been striving to develop capabilities in India.

He, however, did not disclose the investment in the electric vehicle space.

Japan-based firm e-Gle also plans to tie up with Indian firms to commercialise the prototype of its electric vehicle, which is estimated to cost $20,000-30,000 depending upon the specifications, DNA Money had earlier reported.

Hyundai Motor India, the country's second-largest manufacturer of passenger vehicle, launched the new 2018 Elite i20 and unveiled its Global EV, Ioniq.

The combination of hurdles means that electric vehicles are still a drop in the ocean for India's automotive market, now the world's fifth largest and forecast to become the third biggest - behind the US and China - by 2020. Both these models are also scheduled to be launched in India in FY 2018-19.

Maruti Suzuki made the global unveiling of its concept compact auto with SUV-like features named ConceptFutureS. The company's products on display in the EV segment includes UDO, a concept two-seater electric mobility pod; ATOM, a last mile urban mobility concept vehicle and a lithium ion battery-powered three-wheeler, Treo along with e-KUV100, an electric version of its compact vehicle KUV100.

The Auto Expo 2018 has begun in full swing bringing cars and bikes from major brands to the forefront.

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