1. Auto Expo 2018: Hybrids first for most carmakers

Auto Expo 2018: Hybrids first for most carmakers

While electric is certainly the future, majority of car manufacturers believe that hybrid is the bridge which needs to be built in the interim.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2018 6:32 AM
Auto Expo 2018, Hybrids, hybrid cars, carmakers, infrastructure, Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai Motor, Honda Actor Sonakshi Sinha poses with the new DC sports car on the second day of the 14th edition of the Auto Expo in Greater Noida on Thursday.

While electric is certainly the future, majority of car manufacturers believe that hybrid is the bridge which needs to be built in the interim. Simply put, since the infrastructure and ecosystem for hybrid is fully in place, it can start immediately. Barring Tata Motors, which wants to straightaway move from the internal combustion engine (fuel technology) to electric, others like Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai Motor, and Honda Cars first want to focus on hybrids and gradually move on to electric vehicles. The reason for such a divergent approach between Tata Motors and the others is because the former does not have hybrid technology at present while the others do.

Hybrid cars use both an electric motor and fuel technology to power the wheels. The electric motor gets its energy from a battery, and the engine gets its energy from the fuel. In a hybrid, the engine charges the battery. An EV also runs on a battery, but the power, or charge, comes via a charging station, and the charging time ranges from 6-8 hours.

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