Auto expo gets electric push

Startups new entrants take centre stage

Another South Korean auto maker Kia Motors Corporation, which will start selling its vehicles in India from next year, said it planned to introduce a range of vehicles, including an India exclusive compact electric vehicle in the country between 2019 to 2021. It also showcased the working model of a hybrid vehicle.

While exhibitors and media personnel took to the motor show, a general theme of electric and hybrid vehicles was displayed. "This is the main difference with the 2016 Auto Expo", said YK Koo, managing director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India.

The company's conceptual TUV Stinger was also showcased in the event.

Luxury carmakers, too, joined the green ride. However, considering the vehicle has been showcased again, we can be hopeful that the project is not dead yet.


After months of testing and uncertainty over the future of electric mobility in India, Emflux Motors, a Bengaluru-based technological start-up, finally announced the launch of its highly anticipated electric sports bike - Emflux One- in India on the second day of Auto Expo 2018. Anand Mahindra, chairman, M&M, and Pawan Goenka, managing director, replicated the gesture by walking through the pavilion.

Tata Motors showcased six electric vehicles in mass and personal mobility segments, which includes a 12-metre electric bus and passenger carriers-Magic EV and Iris EV along with Tiago EV, Tigor EV and sportscar Racemo EV, a special Auto Expo edition. The luxury SUV, which has won many global awards, comes with a 7-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission and its new 2.2L engine delivering 178 BHP power and 420 NM torque. The model will compete against the and the Captur, and is expected to bridge the gap between the and the The company also has the Safari SUV in its line-up.

In fact, the two have much bigger pavilions displaying a slew of future products, from small premium vehicles and electric three-wheelers to electric buses. The Emflux One, India's first electric superbike, is priced at Rs 6 lakh for the standard version and Rs 11 lakh for the top-end model. While market leader Hero MotoCorp said it was in no hurry to showcase EVs, displayed the PCX Electric Concept scooter, which was unlikely to hit the Indian roads soon. showcased its electric scooter Creon but did not give any timeframe for its commercial launch.

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