Electric vehicle technologies are being rapidly adopted around the world. This includes SHEV (strong hybrid electric vehicle), FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle), BEV (battery electric vehicle) and PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).
Currently, only battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid vehicles are being manufactured in India.
Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra plan to launch several BEV models in the next few years. These companies have created massive resources for this sector.
Similarly, Hyundai, Kia and MG Motor have also introduced BEV models in the market. The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki is also preparing to introduce its first electric vehicle in 2025.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki has also bet on hybrid technology to make its cars more fuel efficient. Apart from this, Toyota and Honda have also introduced hybrid models in the country.
Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Managing Director Shailesh Chandra said in a conversation with PTI that Electric Vehicles are the future of this industry and the company has taken this step due to the passion for greenery and a better tomorrow.
“Hybrid, on the other hand, is a technology that is short-lived, as it is mainly being used to meet the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) norms,” he said.
CAFE regulations require auto manufacturers to cut average carbon emissions.
Vijay Nakra, President, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra said that the company is going to forge ahead in the field of battery electric vehicles due to the government’s clear policy with its EV based plans.
Rahul Bharti, Executive Officer (Corporate Affairs), Maruti Suzuki India, while favoring SHEV said that this technology can reduce carbon emissions by 30-40 percent.
Bharti said that since SHEVs do not require external charging infrastructure, there are no range concerns and hence the technology can be scaled up rapidly.
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