The Auto Expo 2018 has begun in full swing bringing cars and bikes from major brands to the forefront.
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. Concept cars and ready-to-launch models powered by regular internal combustion engines also vied for attention. "We are studying aspects of the electric vehicle ecosystem, to make the governme-nt's vision of electric mobility a reality", said Kenichi Ayuk-awa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki. "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.
Among its wide range of electric vehicle concepts was e-KUV100, India's first electric SUV which combines the benefits of an SUV with the unique advantage of an electric vehicle.
Companies unveiled 65 new vehicles/concepts and launched 14 products across segments on the first day.
The company also showcased a range of technologies to accelerate electrification of powertrains in India, ahead of its planned launch of an electric vehicle in India by 2020.
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Japanese auto maker Honda also displayed its NeuVConcept and Sports EV concept but said it will wait for clarity in policy for EVs in India before firming up any definite plans for the segment. However, considering the auto has been showcased again, we can be hopeful that the project is not dead yet.
Mercedes Benz showcased its futuristic electric vehicle Concept EQ. 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. A fast charging option is also expected to be available with the auto. It was also seen in commercial vehicles applications, specially buses.
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.
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