Top 5 Hybrid Cars Available in India
The world automotive market is becoming more and more open towards the hybrid and electric cars. But India customers still are not so much open about the hybrid cars or electric ones. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels over environment friendly electric or hybrid powertrains. Though in recent past we have seen the Indian customers are gradually opening up towards new ideas. More and more customers are now a days opting to buy the hybrid cars.
Indian government is also encouraging the customers to buy hybrid cars for better environment in future. The hybrid cars come with a specially discounted price, which is offered by the Indian government. Here we made a list of the top 5 hybrid cars available in Indian market. Interestingly, in this list you will find supercars to small hatchbacks as well as executive sedans also.
Honda commences sells for Clarity Fuel Cell in Japan
Honda commences sells of the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in Japan. Honda showcased the Clarity FCV at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is based on the 2006 Honda FCX concept. Earlier, in 2008 Honda unveiled the FCX Clarity which was the preview of the Clarity FCV.
Honda Clarity FCV sedan comes pretty much stylish. It is available in three different colours; which are Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray), White Orchid Pearl (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray), Crystal Black Pearl (Interior color: Platinum Gray). At the exterior, the car comes with sharp headlamps with LED units, a V shaped chrome garnished strip joining these two headlamps. The fog lamps also come in completely different look, and honestly, they look sleek. Just behind the front fender the air vents get chrome garnishing, while the roofline comes sloping toward the rear along with a shark fin antenna. The rear wheel arches are very unusual.
Honda Clarity FCV is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, and interestingly there is no combustion engine, which makes it a completely zero emission car. The drivetrain mechanism has been laid out in a very interesting design. It is spread from the front to the rear, under the entire chassis. While the fuel cells are placed under the hood, the fuel tanks are positioned under the seats. This eco friendly powertrain churns out 174 hp peak power. Honda claims this powertrain will keep the car going for 750 km with the fully charged battery. The fuel cell needs around 3 minutes to get completely charged.
Toyota is known for their effort to make the environment better by manufacturing hybrid cars like Toyota Camry Hybrid, Prius. They are known as the pioneer of hybrid technology. To promote the hybrid and electric vehicles in India they took part in the “FAME India Eco Drive” rally which is an awareness rally to be run in between three cities - Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh. This rally is being organized by the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MoHI) and it started from Red Fort of New Delhi on 26th November. In this several hybrid and electric powered cars is running to promote the awareness of energy conservation.
The rally promotes mass adoption of hybrid and electric powertrain for vehicles under the National Scheme on Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India. The rally will arrive in Jaipur on 30th November and Chandigarh on 7th December 2015. Started from Red Fort of New Delhi, it covered Connaught Place, Maitry College, NH-8, MG Road in Gurgaon, District Collectorate in Gurgaon and concluded at MDI Gurgaon. More than 50 hybrid and electric vehicles from different auto makers took part in the rally.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony Mr. T.S Jaishankar, the Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has said, "India emerges as the 4th largest consumer of energy in the world, following the US, China and Russia in energy accounting for 4.4% of global energy consumption. We feel privileged to be a part of the FAME Eco Drive to educate and encourage the use of full hybrid vehicles in India. Toyota Camry Hybrid is the first ever locally manufactured full hybrid vehicle with 48% more fuel efficiency and emits 25% lesser CO2 when compared to the car of the same size in petrol variant. From fuel efficient vehicle to developing ground breaking technology, our focus is on environmentally sustainable solutions in everything we do and every vehicle we make. The recently notified demand incentives for buyers by the Govt, in the form of an upfront reduced purchase price of environment friendly vehicles will give a boost to the demand and encourage faster adoption of these vehicles in India."
Mahindra Reva E2O comes as the first zero emission completely electric car of India. Now Mahindra started India’s first all electric car expedition consisting three Mahindra Reva E2O, which is named as the ‘Goodness drive’. The journey started from Srinagar, and it will end in Kanyakumari, therefore the journey will cover the entire length of north to south of the country.
In this expedition the Mahindra Reva E2Os will cover more than 5000 kms, 52 locations including 12 cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanyakumari; and that too without any fuel and emission, making the cleanest eco drive ever. The main objective behind this expedition is increasing awareness among people. Present at the occasion of the inauguration of the expedition was Mr. Aravind De Silva, former Sri Lankan international cricketer. The Mahindra Reva E2O comes powered by a single electric induction motor which is connected with the rear wheel of the car. It comes powered by a 48V Lithium ion battery placed below the front seat. The electronics equipments are placed inside the vehicle, which are resistant to rain and water. It comes with instant power, available with the pressure on the accelerator. The body panels are also lightweight.
In the context of Global warming and Volkswagen emission test cheating scandal the most discussed topic in the automotive world is the green cars and alternative fuel system. While Toyota has been leading the green car maker’s pack, it seems other auto manufactures too is opting for making environment friendly unconventional fuel powered cars, or hybrids. In the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show Japanese auto maker Honda has showcased the 2016 Clarity Fuel Cell, which is based on 2006 Honda FCX concept. This car comes powered by a hybrid powertrain, which uses a hydrogen fuel cell as its power source.
Honda has declared that the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will be offered for lease sale in Japan from March next year, and it will be offered in US and European market as well. Honda first showed their mass market fuel cell car in way back 1999 as the prototype. Later, in 2006 and 2008 they have showcased different forms of the car. In 2008 we first saw the Honda FCX Clarity, which is the predecessor of the upcoming Clarity Fuel cell. In the meantime the project has changed its name to FCV.
This car will directly compete against the Toyota Mirai, which is also an iconic car in the segment. Now as we have already seen the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, we tried bring you a brief review of this car today.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.
Sooner or later, our world is going to adopt the green car technology not only to save fuel, but for its own existence. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also has a keen vision for pollution free environment and friendly green technology, seemed to be very interested in self driving solar powered green cars. During his UAE visit he took a ride in one such car in Masdar city, which is famous as a zero carbon emission city.
Masdar city, near Abu Dhabi is one state of art kind of city which is known for its zero carbon emission policy, and this city sports self driving cars as the viable medium of public transportation which is called as ‘Peoples car’. These small four seater cars are designed by famous Italian designing house Zagato, these self driving cars look like just out of a science fiction movie and run on solar power. Inside, the only driving mechanism available is a touchscreen which gives you options to pick your destination, and when you choose, these cars will automatically drive and help you reach your desitination safely.
From distance it may seem, these cars are running on dedicated tracks, but that’s not the case, as these are real cars running on four rubber tyres, just like any other cars. These intelligent cars are programmed with where to go and where not go spots, as well as fitted with various sensors to direct it through the roads. This futuristic transportation is very comfortable also, while no doubt very much impressive. Hopefully, that is why Prime Minister of India wrote “Science is life” after riding such an amazing car.
Have you ever visited Sikkim which lies in the lap of Himalaya mountain, if not then perhaps someday, in near future and once you do you might find yourself visiting in an electric car to the exotic and beautiful destinations.
Well, that dream may come true, and if it does; a name which will be behind that revolutionary step, will be, Bikal Rai.
It is said that, every human can achieve their dream if he/she pursues the dream no matter what the obstacles they have to face, dreaming itself can keep the wish alive. As is perhaps the case with Bikal Rai, a 19 year boy from Mangthang, a picturesque small village of East Sikkim, who dreamt of becoming an engineer.
He couldn’t achieve that goal academically, but that didn’t stop Bikal from being and doing what he always wanted to. He is a self made engineer, who impressed every budding technology enthusiast by his ideas and innovations.
Click past jump to read the story of this little boy genious
Stepping in its first year in the market the BMW i3 has already bagged number of awards for itself and now there is one more award that has been added to the long list. At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show the BMW i3 was awarded the 2015 Green car of the year by the Green Car Journal a magazine which focuses on environmental friendly green cars.
Since its market launch in 2013, November BMW has sold more than 12, 000 units of their premium all-electric vehicle, which also proves that it is possible to produce a car which provides you with all the luxury that you expect out of a premium car while also emitting zero emission from the tailpipe when being used. The i3 surely picked up lot of success after its launch and is now the third best selling all-electric automobile on the market. The BMW i3 was also awarded with this honor not only because of its zero emission when the car is in use but also because of the high percentage of sustainably produced materials used during the process of its manufacturing and also for its lightweight and futuristic design.
BMW has used carbon-fibre (CFRP) passenger cell which not only is strong but also extremely lightweight at the same time, renewable interior materials, state of the art connectivity features and impressive and technologically advanced powertrain engineering. The electric motor which powers the i3 produces about 170 hp of peak power and 240 Nm of torque and the electric drivetrain also claims to provide an impressive and responsive drive and acceleration. This all electric car can reach the 0-100 km/h mark in 7.1 seconds and also comes with good range and proves to be a very useful car for everyday driving within the city and also to work.
BMW Group has already begun its global launch campaign for their new i8 hybrid sportscar this May.
The launch campaign will mainly focus on the creative and ground breaking idea behind the creation of the i8. The i8 which according to BMW combines the performance of a sportscar while returning the fuel economy of a small car.
The new campaign will hit three TV spots which will be shown worldwide in different versions on the Television, in Cinemas as well as on seven print ads from 9th May onward.
Dr. Steven Althaus, head of BMW Brand Marketing and BMW Group Marketing Services said that, “We deliberately decided on a campaign that tells of the genesis of the BMW i8 – a journey from the impossible to the possible. Visuals showcase the beauty and power of the BMW i8 in pure, genuine, intense images, which give the campaign greater, more iconic impact.”
The ambitious TV Spot concept was made possible with the help of a high-profile team, headed by Gus Van Sant, director and creator of Oscar-winning films such as “Good Will Hunting”, “Milk” and “My Private Idaho.
The Print ads will include some powerful shots of the BMW i8 which were captured by photographer Uwe Düttmann in pure, deliberately restrained images.
While in Germany a large scaled communication will help in the market launch of the BMW i8 in online and offline channels. While the German version of the BMW i8 TV spots “Genesis” was first aired on public and private stations and online at www.bmw.de. The content of the 30 second TV spot will further be expanded to let the audience learn more about the new i8 technology. To attract the attention of the consumers print ads too were given in general interests magazines and national daily newspapers since late April.
The BMW i8 will most probably make it to our Indian market in the coming years.
You can catch our entire review of the BMW i8 here
At an exclusive show, BMW announced their all electric i3 that, they think, is the near future of automobile motoring. Pretty bold thought...
BMW introduced the ‘i’ series officially in the year 2011 with its first concept, the BMW i3 , showcased at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then the web has been filled with many leaked images and videos of both the i3 scampering around some town quietly.
Talking about the production model, the new plug-in electric car is based on the concept Mega City Vehicle (MCV), which is designed for city roads exclusively. The i3 has been constructed with a range of innovative and thoughtful materials that aim to keep the weight of the car low, which they’ve accomplished quite nicely. The new electric car from the BMW will be first sold in Europe and North America mainly, since these markets are big fans of electric cars. Whether this innovative car will hit the roads of India is not yet known, as Indians haven’t really embraced the idea of owning a plug-in electric car, as evident from the sales of Mahindra’s E2O.
Click past the jump to read the review of the new BMW i3
One big announcement to have come out of the Tokyo Motor Show is of Suzuki considering launching electric vehicles in India. Maruti Suzuki has had a tough 2011 because of strikes in their factory and due to shortage of availability of the FIAT derived 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. Although it the manufacturer sees infrastructure as a big challenge the company nevertheless has said that it would try to launch its hybrid cars in India. Suzuki Motor Corporation Representative Director and Executive Vice President Toshihiro Suzuki at the Tokyo Motor Show said, “It is under consideration to launch electric vehicles in India.”