Auto expo gets electric push

Tamo Racemo Showcased At Auto Expo 2018
Auto expo gets electric push

09 February, 2018

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The showcase of electric and hybrid vehicles at the expo, which also had the presence of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, was not restricted only to passenger vehicles.

With an eye on the government's push for electric-only vehicles by 2030, Tata Motors is displaying an extended range of six EV products in personal and mass mobility segments. "This is the main difference with the 2016 Auto Expo", said YK Koo, managing director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India.

The Korean carmaker has showcased its entire line-up at the event along with the SP Concept, which previews its Creta-rivaling made-for-India SUV, due in 2019. Designed in-house by the company, the auto epitomises the next level of evolution and marks a step-up in Maruti's design language.

"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. And for the 2018 Auto Expo, the Tamo RaceMo is one such vehicle.

Tamo Racemo Showcased At Auto Expo 2018
Auto expo gets electric push

Homegrown majors, including and Mahindra and Mahindra, used the green theme as an opportunity to showcase the future of mobility in India. "It is a curtain raiser for electric vehicles.", Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Pawan Goenka told reporters.

Mercedes Benz lau-nched its concept electric SUV "Concept EQ". "Mahindra's electric pavilion at the Auto Expo showcases our vision of the "future of mobility", one that offers clean, connected and convenient vehicles to our customers and around the world", he added. Codenamed H5X and X45, the models are based on the company's advanced modular platform.

The mobility solutions include the UDO, a stylish two-seater electric pod concept; the ATOM, an urban mobility solution; the Treo, a lithium-ion battery powered electric three-wheeler; the e2o NXT, a refreshed version of the e2oPlus hatchback; the eKUV100, India's first electric mini SUV; and the e-Cosmo, the company's new electric bus.

There's no word on whether it would be making its way to the Indian roads or not.

Hinduja flagship firm Ashok Leyland unveiled its electric bus Circuit-S which is powered by its partner SUN Mobility's swappable smart battery.

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