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Audi India is beginning its electric journey in India with the much-awaited e-tron which is all about noiseless and emission-free driving. Will India warm up to this luxury EV that costs upwards of a Crore? We took the e-tron 55 quattro variant for a spin and here’s what we think about it.  Look at the e-tron from the outside and you’ll feel as if Audi has gone to great lengths to ensure that there is nothing radical about the e-tron’s outward appearance. Quite f...

MG Motor India launches ZS EV at inaugural price of INR 19.88 lakh

MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has today launched the much-awaited ZS EV, India’s first pure electric internet SUV, at an inaugural price starting at INR 19.88 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), for customers who have booked the car before midnight on 17th January 2020. The ZS EV Excite is now available for INR 20.88 lakh while ZS EV Exclusive is available for INR 23.58 lakh. As part of its commitment to provide the best ownership experience, the carmaker has introduced the MG eShi...

Ampere Electric Vehicles accelerates its presence in India

Ampere Electric Vehicles, a wholly-owned electric mobility subsidiary of Greaves Cotton, is accelerating its presence in India with the announcement of opening two new EV dealerships in Delhi-NCR. These new showrooms will strengthen Ampere Electric’s presence in the city. Speaking on this occasion, P Sanjeev, Chief Operating Officer, Ampere Electric Vehicles said, “We are excited to launch two new dealerships in Delhi-NCR. Ampere Electric scooters with a comprehe...

Odysse Electric Vehicles launches its new low speed scooter

With e-mobility the buzzword and India emerging as the number one producer of two-wheelers, Odysse Electric Vehicles, a home grown electric two-wheeler manufacturing company, has launched a new low speed scooter, E2Go for the Indian market.   Available in two models of lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries these e-scooters are not only cost effective to run but does not require any registration or license to drive. The cost of entry is also low making them ideal...

Ola launches electric category in London as part of its global commitment to greener, more sustainable future

Ola, one of the world’s leading mobility companies, today announced that it is launching a new electric vehicle category on its ride hailing platform, which will allow riders to specifically book rides in a fully electric vehicle. The category, called Ola EV, is a global first for Ola and will be available across London from today and over time will roll out to other cities around the world where Ola is operational. The Ola EV category will cost riders the same as a comfort category on ...

Bajaj Auto opens booking for Chetak Electric Scooter in Nagpur

Bajaj Auto, the world’s most valuable two-wheeler company, opened bookings for the much-awaited Chetak electric scooter in Nagpur from July 16, 2021, 9 a.m. onwards. With the aim of providing a seamless and convenient booking experience, customers can book the vehicle exclusively online on www.chetak.com for INR 2000/- only. Previously, the booking slots available for Pune and Bangalore were fully subscribed to, in less than 48 hours and the same is an...

Ola Scooter gets 100,000 reservations in a day

Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO, OLA Electric tweeted saying, that they had clocked 100,000 bookings for the revolutionary Ola Electric scooter on Day One of opening reservations. "That's 99,999 other people like you who aren't just thinking about sustainability but doing something about it too. Thank you fellow revolutionary. It only gets better from here."  

Komaki's thoughtfully designed EV - XGT X5 - gains momentum with elderly and specially abled people

Komaki has taken the EV market by storm in the last two quarters with a stellar sales performance across models. The growth of the EV division was driven by a nationwide expansion with multiple dealerships coming up in the northern and southern states of India. The growing adoption of EVs is visible among the masses as is indicated by the sales figures in the last two quarters. A total of 21,000 units have already been sold in the first half of 2021 – testimony to the growth pace of the...

Tata Motors drives in All New Tigor EV Sedan with Ziptron technology

Following the recent grand unveil, Tata Motors is all set to excite the electric vehicle market with the launch of the Tigor EV. Starting today, the Tigor EV deliveries will commence for the personal segment. Following the footstep of its ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) sibling, the Tigor EV has also been lauded by GNCAP with a 4 star rating for adult (12.00 points out of 17.00) and child (37.24 points out of 49.00) occupant protection. Set to scale new heights in the dynamic world of electr...

Hero Electric enters into strategic partnership with Wheels EMI Pvt Ltd to boost Electric 2W sales

Hero Electric, India’s largest EV two-wheeler company today announced its collaboration with Wheels EMI Private Limited to offer easy financing options for the purchase of electric two-wheelers in India. Hero Electric currently sells over 10,000 two-wheelers every month, of which 40% comes from rural pockets of India. With this partnership, the company expects a rise in sales and is projected to double them over last year by 2021 With rising fuel prices and modification ...

Tata Motors announces commercial launch of the ‘XPRES T EV’ for fleet customers with FAME subsidy pricing

Following a nation-wide introduction of the XPRES brand in July 2021, Tata Motors, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers, today announced the commercial launch of its first electric sedan under XPRES brand – the XPRES-T EV, exclusively for fleet customers. Targeted at mobility services, corporate and government fleet customers, the XPRES-T EV will come with an optimal battery size, captive fast charging solution, which will ensure outstandingly low cost of ownership in a...

Catch National Geographic’s new documentary ‘Evolve to Electric with Tata Motors’ about revolutionizing EV Industry

Energy powers the world. But the emissions generated from fossil fuels have deepened the claws of the carbon footprint on our planet. Highlighting the importance of ground-breaking innovation to build a clean-green India, National Geographic in India is all set to bring forth Tata Motors’ mission to mainstream EV technology in India, and its efforts to make the country evolve to electric.  Titled ‘Evolve to Electric with Tata Motors’, the exclusive documentary...

Hero Electric announces expansion of production capacity to over five lakh by March 2022

Hero Electric, India’s largest EV two wheeler maker today announced its commitment  to further expand capacity of  its all new production facility in Ludhiana owing to growing demand being witnessed by the brand. With this initiative, Hero Electric aims to drive growth in the EV two wheeler sector and plans to subsequently add production capacities of one million every year with a target to manufacture over five million EV 2W per year by 2026.  Being market leaders wit...

BATTERYMATE

MG Motor’s parent company, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, is only the second OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) that has its own battery plant for Electric Vehicles (EVs), a joint venture with CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology), the world’s largest EV battery manufacturer. The batteries are produced on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, where 36 Giga Hour battery plant is being built, and which once completed, will be the biggest EV battery plant in the world.  &ldq...

Anglian Omega Group forays into OEM biz, to target EVs

Anglian Omega Group, a leading Indian supplier of automotive parts, is entering the OEM business as it plans to launch its first electric vehicle, which is reportedly designed, developed and built by the in-house team of the company. Three-years in making, the company will soon launch the vehicle, which was displayed at the 15th Auto Expo held in Noida.  While providing more details on the launch and the go-to-market strategy, Dr. Deb Mukherji, Managing Director, Anglian Omega Gr...

EVs to have a defining FY21: Sohinder Gill

The Indian Electric Vehicle (EV) market has grown by 20% in FY20 over the last year. Electric scooters have contributed towards 97% of the growth. In a telephonic interview, Sohinder Gill, Director General, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), says that despite the industry expected to lose out six to seven months due to the pandemic, EVs will have a defining FY21 with no de-growth. TOS: A 20% growth in EV sales is promising in FY20. How do you see FY21 panning out conside...

Batting for the battery

Prabhjot Kaur, CEO, Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles, (C-BEEV), believes that times like these call for innovations, and says that all efforts must be directed towards fighting this pandemic to save society in order to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations. Besides delving deep into batteries, she also discusses EVs and various aspects of building a standardised EV ecosystem. Read on… TOS: Will this pandemic slow down the transition process to E...

Leap of faith

Is Indian auto industry ready to take the EV leap? A million-dollar question that everyone wants an answer to! While we have witnessed isolated developments on setting up of electric mobility infrastructure in the country and the optimism of the industry to offer a new technology despite the first quarter overall sales of FY2020-21 at the lowest in 12 years due to the pandemic, auto experts believe it is not the time to race behind timelines but a crucial phase to build local capabilitie...

The future is electric

Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, tells TURN OF SPEED about its own battery technology, its powertrains, the EV revolution in India being led by two and three wheelers, and how it believes that India has a strong and stable policy in FAME. TOS: Tell us about the MESMA 48 platform. It is all the buzz, and is enabling so much at Mahindra Electric.  MB: Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture (MESMA) is India’s first electric architecture that has ...

Elegant Quiet Comfort

Mercedes-Benz’s EQ range (which consists of EQ-Boost – Electrified Combustion Vehicles, EQ Power – Plug-In Hybrids, and EQ – Electric Vehicles), represents Intelligent Electric Mobility. Little surprise then that at a time when the Indian government is batting hard for Electric Vehicles (EVs), they decided to bring in the EQC as the first model to launch their electric offensive with, in India.  The EQC 400 4MATIC’s design may not appeal to many who have ...

5 reasons why Electric Vehicles are enticing

In today's day and age, Electric Vehicles, (EVs), are the need of the hour. There is a great deal of interest in EVs and it won't be long before the world makes that crucial transition to them. However, it isn't all talk. Several car manufacturers, like MG Motor India, are taking big steps to ensure that they have at least one EV offering in their product portfolio. What is also interesting is that EVs are no longer boring looking vehicles. On the contrary, not only do t...

Talkin bout a Revolution

‘Space Age,’ ‘Quirky,’ ‘Savvy’ and ‘Intelligent’ are some of the words that best describe Ather Energy’s latest model, the 450X, which is not just a beautiful machine but one that is also big on Tech. What that translates as is a price tag that is slightly on the “steeper” side. But then, the 450X, is such a wild thing and so much fun that you can be assured of a really good time. We tell you why the 450X makes a strong case fo...

The Times They’re A-Changin

In this interview with TURN OF SPEED, Vivek B. Srivatsa, Head, Marketing, Passenger & Electric Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, tells us about the newly launched Tata Tigor EV – their second offering in a market where many car manufacturers are yet to launch a personal EV – and about how Tata Motors is inviting Indians to #EvolveToElectric. Excerpts from the interview…   TOS: Tell us about how the Tata Tigor EV launched today is different from...

METAMORPHOSIS

Just like many in India have lived to tell their great grandchildren the story of how pigeons delivered letters during their days before email became de riguer, many out there, will live to tell the story of how their journey from the days of bullock carts metamorphosed into Electric Vehicles (EVs). For now, let us dive straight in to see what Tata Motors’ latest Electric Vehicle offering is all about. After launching the Tata Nexon EV last year, Tata Motors, is back again with ...