The roads for environment friendly cars are slowly widening in India. People are thinking about switching on from the conventional petrol and diesel fuels to cleaner fuels like LPG, CNG, electric, hybrid and even hydrogen cars. Manufacturers are also doing their part by introducing new concepts and creating more green cars. Autoportal here explores the prospects of the green car technology in India this year.
Indian market for green cars
The rising fuel prices, awareness on global warming and government subsidies are some of the major factors that have created a potential demand for green vehicles in India. The popular companies like Maruti, Mahindra, Toyota and Tata have already launched hybrid and electric vehicles in the automobile market. The market is expected to grow at a high volume for green cars provided it overcome the cost and infrastructure hindrances. Also Check About New Ford Fiesta at Autoportal.
Green signal from the Government
As a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, the Government of India recently launched the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles’ (FAME). This program aims at promoting green car technology in the country. Incentives of up to Rs 29000 to Rs 1.38 lakhs will be offered on hybrid and electric vehicles under this scheme. A total of Rs 795 crores has been allotted for the first two fiscal years under this scheme.
The high price of hybrid or electric vehicles is a major barrier for purchasing a green car amongthe price sensitive Indian buyers. Also, the consumers who might go for long distances may not prefer electric vehicles due to the absence of frequent refilling stations. The auto manufactures and government should coordinate and develop a strategy to produce cheaper green cars and also set up more recharge points. Other problems associated with green cars are loading capacity, low speeds and high prices on which automakers are researching.
Green cars at present
Mahindra Reva NXR is one of the first electric cars produced in India. Its revamped model e20 is attracting new customers of late. The Japanese company Toyota was in full praise when it first brought out the revolutionary Prius which was a gasoline-electric hybrid car. It was the most successful green car in the international car market. It even reduces noise pollution as it has noise absorbing materials around the engine. Tata Nano CNG Emax is one of the most up-to-date in the in the line of eco-friendly cars. Maruti Suzuki’s Eeco CNG version is another green car which is the cheapest family car available in the country. Beat and Aveo Electric are two cars from Chevrolet that promise to reduce environmental pollution as well as fuel cost.