Notably, Tata Motors had won a major tender of 10,000 electric vehicles from the government-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) a year ago, however, the numbers were reduced due to a partial order being passed on to Mahindra. Overall, about a dozen automakers have been targeting the EV space in the quest to fulfill India's goal to switch to electric cars by 2030.
On the first of the two pre-open days at the India Expo Mart located in Greater Noida, automobile major Maruti Suzuki showcased "e-SURVIVOR" electric vehicle (EV) design concept.
South Korean carmaker Kia Motors Corp is targeting annual sales of 300,000 vehicles in India from 2021, the head of its local unit said on Wednesday, as it gears up to launch cars in the world's fifth-largest auto market. The SUV will be ready to migrate to an electric form when required, and will also be engineered to meet Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms. This time, it is here in New Delhi at the Auto Expo 2018. "ConceptFutureS will define the next generation of design for compact vehicles in India". The company is showcasing "smart mobility" as a concept in this season of the Auto Expo.
The company plans to add a new CNG vertical and introduce new models of diesel and electric vehicles in the coming quarter, he added. The all-new MINI Countryman was unveiled at the Auto Expo and would be locally produced at the BMW Group plant in Chennai.
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Honda Cars India has showcased the 2nd Generation Honda Amaze, New 5th Generation Honda CR-V and much awaited 10th Generation Honda Civic.
Similarly, compatriot BMW India also showcased its showcased plug in hybrid electric vehicle i8 Roadster, which will be launched in India later this year along with i3S, an electric vehicle with a range of over 280 km per charge. With the XPulse, the company is strengthening its presence on the higher engine capacity motorcycle segment.
Similarly, two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle & Scooter (HMSI) plans to launch 11 new models, including a concept scooter from its electric mobility platform.
The company, which is a part of Lohia Group, also launched its diesel-driven three-wheeler loader Humsafar 2000 and a passenger vehicle Humsafar DLX at prices of $3030 (INR 1.95 Lakhs) and $2952 (INR 1.90 Lakhs) respectively.
In the two wheeler segment, TVS Motor Company today unveiled its concept electric scooter "Creon" along with a 220cc single cylinder engine concept motorbike "Zeppelin".