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Auto Expo 2018: High on hope, low on glamour

10 February, 2018, 04:39 | Author: Carla Brady
  • A Honda bike on display at the Auto Expo 2018

The e-Auto is 2.7 metres in length and 1 metre wide and priced at Rs 1.49 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. According to media reports, the scooter houses a 4 kilowatt motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.

The imprint of electric vehicles could be seen at virtually every pavilion at the Auto Expo on Wednesday, but automakers expressed the need of a firm electric vehicle policy to address the issues in adoption of the new technology.

The company is showcasing "smart mobility" as a concept in this season of the Auto Expo. The top speed too, has been electronically limited to 200 kmph while naught-100 kmph takes just 3.0 seconds.

Showcasing its vision of the future mobility solutions it also unveiled the TVS Creon, an electric scooter Concept with a range of 80 km.

Apart from that, the only EV seller in the country displayed a host of new electric vehicle concepts.

Honda officials at the launch of X-Blade the company’s latest domestic offering at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida on Wednesday
Honda officials at the launch of X-Blade the company’s latest domestic offering at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida on Wednesday

Vehicle makers, some of them struggling to sustain profitability, have skipped South Asia's biggest auto show because the substantial investment involved in participating in the expo does not offer any tangible return in the near future. This included an electric version of its compact sedan Tigor, a fully electric bus and an EV version of its first race vehicle RaceMo, among others. The company's focus on premium passenger vehicle segment via NEXA has improved its product mix. It is expected to be available in next three to six months.

Maruti Suzuki India plans to start selling its first EVs in 2020. The company has hinted that it will be launched later this year. According to Renault, the Zoe electric vehicle is ideal for the Indian market and will introduce it once proper ecosystem is built for sustaining electric cars in India.

Considering the sports sedan would have to be brought in as a completely built-up unit and would be subject to a horde of Indian taxes, its price would cross the Rs 70-lakh mark.

"In order to stitch up a strategy (for EV segment) we are requesting to have a road map regarding plans of charging stations.Without a clear policy it will be hard to select models", Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno told reporters.



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