Following Supreme Court’s lashing for abnormally rising pollution levels in Delhi and the Odd Even scheme by the Delhi government to control it, health and pollution seems to be one of the most favorite topic of conversation for the media and the masses. While these initiatives may lead to marginal and slow results, it is important to find out better and concrete solutions to cater to the problem. Vehicle producers have realized that the best solution is to go green. Green solutions refer to electric and hybrid vehicles, and the concept is gaining a lot of attention this year at the Auto Expo, which is in progress at Greater Noida. Anticipating the colossal demand for green vehicles in the future, all the major automakers have geared up and are proudly showcasing their green masterpieces.
Industry stalwarts for heavy duty vehicles like Tata Motors, Eicher, Mahindra, and Ashok Leyland are showcasing their hybrid products, as diesel and heavy duty vehicles are regarded as the major sources of air pollution. Tata Motors presented an “Ultra Electric” and a hybrid CNG bus. Ashok Leyland, the prime competitor, presented “Hybus” and a CNG hybrid bus showcasing BS-VI compliant truck. Eicher unveiled a hybrid school bus “Skyline Pro” and Mahindra joined the league with the showcase of its hydrogen bus, “Cosmo”.
While the heavy duty manufacturers hogged the limelight, leading passenger car and two wheeler manufacturers also joined the momentum by showcasing their hybrid and electric vehicles. Mahindra and Mahindra known for its rugged and powerful SUVs had a lot to offer in the green segment. In the two wheeler category it presented an electric scooter, GenZe 2.0 and unveiled an 8-seater minivan “Supro” powered by lithium-ion batteries in the passenger segment. It also presented the electric Verito in sedan segment. According to M&M they all are zero emission vehicles. The rival Hero was not far behind in the race and showcased e-scooter and a light dumper. Pune based Kinetic introduced a battery operated three-wheeler e-Auto named as “Kinetic Safar” for which they have already grabbed 400 crore project for supplying 27,000 e-autos to UP government.
However, what is really a mind-boggling innovation on display is the amazing eco-friendly tyre by the tyre manufacturing giant Good Year Tyre and Rubber Company which can generate electricity for the electric vehicles. The tyre comprises built-in heat and motion sensors and absorbs heat from the tyre while the car is running, in order to generate electricity. It also absorbs heat when the car is parked and converts the solar energy to generate electricity and keep the vehicle charged.
India has also geared up to push the electric vehicle sales to around 6 million by 2020 to combat the rising pollution and global warming levels by minimizing the use of petrol and diesel vehicles. This move will also boost the Indian economy by saving around 2.5 million tons of fuel, which would cost approximately around 14000-15000 crores. However, before making this massive transition, we along with our government, must also figure out a way to provide effective public transportation solutions to the citizens so that they are compelled to use easy transportation instead of relying on their own vehicles.