Bajaj is ploughing the field for the electric boom.
The Pune based manufacturer has been in the news for a lot of reasons, and most often than not, it is a good one. With the latest being the eyebrow-raiser Triumph-Bajaj global partnership, Bajaj is making the right moves to get ahead of the competition soon enough.
Now, fresh information from the industry sources is pointing out at the firm’s newfound love for alternative fuel powered vehicles, most probably being electric. Coined as "Urbanite", the new project will aim at developing upmarket products in the electric vehicle segment.
Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.
Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting that the Japanese Red is getting serious about developing electric vehicles and so is being busy partnering with another technocrat, Hitachi Automotive Systems.
As a matter of fact, both these companies had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in February and they have escalated those talks by signing in for a joint venture partnership in March. They have christened the JV as Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, and it will be heeding to develop, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles, both for Honda and other players.
Hero Electric has tied up with Bosch for powertrain partnership
Hero Electric has been the sub-brand of Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. The company is a multi-product and a multi-location enterprise with interests in Electric Vehicles, Bicycles and Healthcare. With the newfound interest in electric powertrains, Hero has made strides in this direction and are betting big on the technology.
It has been launching electric two-wheelers for some time now and has sold over 1 lakh customers. They, however, were not market spec vehicles like the Tork T6X or Ather S340 and were very underpowered. Now, they have tied up with the German Technology giant, Bosch, to get things around for them.
Dorna cheif hints at having electric Moto GP style races.
Dorna Sports, S.L. is that commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world. Now, this organisation is prepping up for conducting races that will consist of electrically powered superbikes.
Dorna boss, Carmelo Ezpeleta, confirmed the same during an interview with a Spanish publication, Motciclismo.
India’s first e-scooter Ather S340’s launch delayed by a year.
Built by a Bangalore-based startup, Ather Energy, the S340 is the country’s first premium electric smart scooter. The company was founded by two IIT-ians who are committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology.
Their first offering is the Ather S340, which they are building it from the ground up and promise to change the way we perceive the electric transport till now. The company has received fundings to the tune of ₹6.3 crores from Flipkart, ₹76 crores from Tiger Global and the very recently ₹205 crores from the world’s biggest manufacturer of two-wheelers, Hero MotoCorp. This has allowed Ather to sustain momentum in its journey of building a future-ready product platform and to accelerate the infrastructure and ecosystem development around electric vehicles in the country.
But down the line, the development stage is taking the toll because the management overshot on their calculations for giving us the production ready model.
Okinawa Ridge launched in India
We had, not long ago, featured the Tork T6X: the country’s first production electric motorcycle. Then a Bangalore based startup, Ather Energy, has been in this pursuit since their inception in 2013 and are on an epic journey to give the country’s first premium electric smart scooter christened as Ather S340.
Now, there is an all new player trying to make the difference in giving us a ‘Solution from Pollution’. The electric two-wheel manufacturer who goes by the name Okinawa Autotech has launched its pioneer project e-scooter, the Ridge.
Harley Davidson Project LiveWire
You know things are actually getting serious when stalwarts like the Harley Davidson are putting their money and testing out electricity to power their machines. And if you have been following the Marvel studio’s Avenger series, you might have caught the stunning Scarlett Johansson picking up things for the boys on a stealthy looking black widow’s electric motorcycle.
That very bike is the next major milestone for the Milwaukee company who have made a handful of the LiveWire bikes to bring it on the streets of the world and gain feedback from customers. What one might think of it as blasphemy, few were simply awestruck at what the engineers at Harley Davidson have come up with pulling off something that seem impossible by the brand.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
BMW is not some run of the mill company. It has one of the most prestigious history books and for nearly a century, they have been making impeccable products that beam innovation and technological acumen. Started as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW started manufacturing two wheelers in 1923 with the R32 that made use of the iconic flat-twin boxer configuration engine.
100 years down the line, BMW Motorrad still uses this boxer engine to power the finest of the finest motorcycles. To commemorate this heritage, BMW has offered us a sneak at how its next 100 years is going to be by showcasing the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in Los Angeles.
After giving us saliva bubbles with its vision of the future through the MINI, Rolls-Royce and the BMW concepts, BMW now gives us BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is a completely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. Almost like being officiated at the altar of Utopia, this is “the essence of motorcycling and a symbol of the ultimate riding experience of the future” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
“Electric vehicles is the future” is what you will see under the banner of every automotive manufacturer now. They are moving away from the addiction to liquefied dinosaurs in a bid to a cleaner alternative to protect the environment. Time and again it has been proved that electric/hybrid vehicles have an overwhelming advantage especially to ride within the town and this evolution has been a gradual process for some – and an exciting start for others.
We had, not long ago, featured the Tork T6X: the country’s first production electric motorcycle. Now, a Bangalore-based startup, Ather Energy, has been in this pursuit since their inception in 2013 and are on an epic journey to give the country’s first premium electric smart scooter christened as Ather S340. The company was founded by two IIT-ians who are committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology.
Their first offering is the Ather S340, which they are building it from the ground up and promise to change the way we perceive the electric transport till now. The company has received fundings to the tune of ₹6.3 crores from Flipkart, ₹76 crores from Tiger Global and the very recently ₹205 crores from the world’s biggest manufacturer of two wheelers, Hero MotoCorp. This has allowed Ather to sustain momentum in its journey of building a future-ready product platform and to accelerate the infrastructure and ecosystem development around electric vehicles in the country.
Imagine a world in 2050. Actually, you know what… don’t bother. Because this is what it’ll look like.
An Italian company (obviously), Aero, has managed to coup up this extraterrestrial green motorcycle which seems more like a hypothetical or a fictional character from a sci-fi flick. And it is called the E-Racer. This Aero project was in collaboration with an Italian automotive magazine – Inmoto and after almost a year of work, they landed this space age E-Racer in the 2016 EICMA show in Milan.
2016 Tork T6X
Yes. I stole the quote from the legend Neil Armstrong. And i’m sure he would too agree with me on this.
Countering to the deals that lurk all around the use of combustion fuel and its effects on the environment, a greater deal of thought is gone into using alternative sources to power our vehicles and one such attempt is made by the Indian start-ups that are striving for a greater cause. There has never been a better time to introduce zero emission vehicles that cater to a larger mass of bikers and commuters alike. There hasn’t been a lot of success stories on this front, but things have now started to change for good.
India’s first avatar of an indigenously designed and developed electric motorcycle by a Pune based start-up is the first commercial zero emission motorcycle of the country. The TX6 is ideal for riding around the town and is equivalent to any of the 200cc motorbikes available.
In its quest to manufacture their first electric bike, Harley-Davidson has decided to bring their Project LiveWire to Asia. Project LiveWire is the initiative of the manufacturer to launch their electric bike after seeking valuable assessment from consumers by offering them a ride on the bike and help to guide through the development of the new motorcycle. This particular project made its debut in the U.S. last year in the month of June; the manufacturer had expressed its plans to extend this project in Canada and Europe by this year. On 25th February, Harley-Davidson will initiate its event at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit and will continue till 4th of March. The media and invited people only are to be allowed in this event.
What the Project LiveWire Experience does is that it invites customers to test ride the concept electric bike. Through the journey, the rider automatically gets to know more about the features of the motorcycle and thus they later provide their comments of their experience. Those who don’t yet ride will have the chance to feel the power of Project LiveWire through a simulated riding experience called - the Jumpstart™ demo. Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer said, “Project LiveWire has reset expectations about what a Harley-Davidson motorcycle can be. The first phase of the Project LiveWire Experience tour provided valuable feedback about the features and experience riders expect from an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This year we’re expanding that experience to a global audience to gain even deeper insights from riders to help us shape the future direction of this exciting technology.”
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Mahindra group have recently unveiled a new electric scooter for the U.S. market and also inaugurated an electric two wheeler plant and a technical centre at Michigan.
Mahindra has launched a two wheeled electric scooter in U.S. keeping in mind the needs of the US customers. The first-of-its kind electric scooter named GenZe has been launched for the ease of travel, specialized storage and an impressive top speed of 30 miles/h. It has been loaded with many industry first features too. In most of the states in US, no driving license is required to ride this bike with 30mph top speed and GenZe is the advantage factor here for many people who does not own a license but needs a two-wheeler for commuting.
Vish Palekar, CEO, Mahindra GenZe have said that this new scooter has been targeted primarily for the students or the urban commuters who feels irritated due to the usual hurdles like congestion, increasing gas prices and lack of parking space. GenZe is the perfect scooter with its compact design to suit the daily needs of the commuters as it can be charged anywhere on the go. This urban electric scooter will be manufactured in the United States itself in its new manufacturing facility at the Mahindra GenZe electric two-wheeler facility and the North American Technical Center in Southeast Michigan. This facility owns the capacity of assembling 9.000 vehicles per year and also can produce up to 20,000 vehicles if required.
With this launch, the company extends its market in the United States.
Mahindra has always been one step ahead of its competition when it comes to electric vehicles. The Mahindra Reva E20 is one of its biggest examples. Now Mahindra is venturing in the electric scooter market also but this time they are making these electric scooters not for our Indian market instead Mahindra two wheelers have decided to build and develop these scooters for the American market. The new scooters is developed entirely at Palo Alto, California, it will be christened as GeneZe and slated for launch in the US market this year.
The new electric scooter has been designed to fulfill the riders every basic need such as carrying groceries, goods and stuff there is plenty of space provided at the rear of the scooter in the form of a bucket behind the rider. There is even space to carry personal things such mobile phone or any other electronic equipments just below the seat. What is even more interesting is the fact that there is even a mobile charger via which the rider can recharge their electronic equipments. In the front end of the scooter a 7 inch weather proof touchscreen has replaced the conventional instrument cluster. This 7 inch touchscreen also displays important information about the scooter such as the battery charge status, range, diagnostics and route. The rider can even listen to music via Bluetooth enabled device or even use the GPS.
The electric scooter uses a 1.4 KW motor which is powered by a replaceable lithium ion integrated power module, which includes the battery pack, controller and the charger in a single compact unit. The electric scooter has an overall range of 50 Km and has a topspeed of 50 km.
The GeneZe styling and sporty stance might attract the young crowd towards it; it will perhaps be launched later in the markets of India and China.
When all the manufacturers are preparing themselves for the upcoming Auto Expo Hero Motocorp took a step ahead and unveiled five of their new products for the Indian market. These five new vehicles include two motorcycles, two new scooters and a diesel hybrid concept.
Hero Motocorp promised to bring a range of new products and innovations which will open the door towards a new age of technologically advanced vehicles targeted mainly towards the youth of the Country. All these new vehicles that Hero Motocorp unveiled are based on new platforms and developed by Hero Motocorp themselves. Hero engineers have tried their best by utilizing all the modern technologies they have in developing these new and innovative products which will soon be available not only for the Indian people but also for those people who are scattered around the World.
Hit the jump to find out all the details of the unveiled products