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Posted By: Shanu Ahluwalia Vij
It is nice to see you back in action and get all the attention you deserve. In an age when pollution, global warming are scorching every ones well-being, your dual technology or rather dual power sources, usually electric plus a combustible engine, offer the much needed respite. And now more than ever before, with skyrocketing fuel prices, you can be such a relief to the wallets, or so everyone hopes!
As we mark the 40th World Environment Day, it is pertinent to spare a thought on your potential and your role for a better tomorrow. Atleast every car manufacturer worth its name is giving you a lot of attention. From BMW to Ferrari, from Hyundai to Nissan, everyone has a hybrid concept mapped out.
In India, we have only seen the Mahindra Reva and the Toyota Prius, so far. Tata Motors showcased their hybrid concepts at the Auto Expo this year, but unfortunately have no plans of bringing it to the market. I know it is disappointing but if it is any consolation, Hybrid, it’s got nothing to do with your lack of potential or worth. India is just not ready for you yet.
Even today, shortage of power is a huge problem. Power cuts are a norm of the day especially in summers. A car that needs to be fuelled by electricity seems like such a utopian idea. We haven’t been able to equip our landscape with sufficient CNG stations in so many years, how will we create enough power stations to tank up Hybrids on the road? Moreover, your technology is right now expensive because the Government is treating you as a luxury product, not realizing, you are actually a green concept and deserve subsidies to make you affordable for all. In fact, world over, your price is a huge issue as you are more expensive than your conventional counterparts. This is the reason why you have really not penetrated into everyday lives, even though going green is the need of the hour.
Toyota Prius, which has sold only 80 units in India, is being considered promising enough for Toyota to think about bringing in 6 more small hybrid cars to India soon. But globally, there are more of you that everyone is quite excited about.
You cannot but help drool over the super-hot
flashing its muscles. It’s high not only on innovation but also on performance. A state-of-the-art supercar, it is being touted as one of the fastest, low-emission vehicles in the world when it launches sometime in 2013.
Then there is the
First and foremost, congratulations! It has been honored as the European car of the year 2012. It is that near-perfect electric car, which also has a petrol engine. It is luxurious; it’s a stunner to look at and to buy. It is priced in the U.S at $31,645, you can only hope that the running cost is low enough for this to be worth a buy!
I did see some pictures of the
and by the looks of it, it is sculpted like a piece of art with ample curves at just the right places. Ahem, beware of rash drivers taking this beauty for a ride. It is driven purely by electric power and built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility. Or so it claims. So I am really looking forward to driving it when it launches.
These aside, the Range –
are also two very exciting concepts that are doing the rounds and creating a lot of buzz.
So, while I wish you well and hope to see more of you, I do think it will be a while before you become affordable and accessible to make a real difference to the greening of our future.
Shanu Ahluwalia Vij
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