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Noida: Auto giants look to future — and it’s green

The core spirit of the automobile exhibition is the concern for environment as exhibitors displayed futuristic technology and design models that promise to cut the use of non-renewable energy resources

noida Updated: Feb 10, 2018 22:54 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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The BMW pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018 was the cynosure of all eyes on Saturday with a massive crowd thronging the area to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous machines.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Future tech is the discourse at the 14-day Auto Expo 2018 Motor Show as automobile giants and designing institutes displayed futuristic models of vehicles that promote the concept of green living.

The auto expo opened to public on Friday and thousands of motor enthusiasts are heading to the Greater Noida venue to swoon over the latest mean machines.

However, the core spirit of the automobile exhibition is the concern for environment as exhibitors displayed futuristic technology and design models that ultimately promise to cut the use of non-renewable energy resources.

One of those futuristic exhibitors is ‘Emflux Motors’ , a start-up floated by a three-member team. The company presented ‘Emflux One’, a fully equipped superbike that runs on electrical energy and has a power on a par with 700cc-plus motorcycles.

“Our team has created a gorgeous high performance ‘made in India’ machine that runs on electricity. Electrical energy is the future and we are confident that Emflux is well positioned to gain from this inflection point,” Nikhil Arora, co-funder of Team Emflux, said.

Maruti Suzuki, one of the most dominant players in the Indian car market, showcases its hatchback Ignis. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Another company, My Eco Energy (MEE), launched ‘Indizel’, claiming it to be the only biodiesel fuel in the country.

“Indizel is a non-petroleum based super fuel that has low emission and meets European standards and Indian fuel requirement standards. It is the only automotive biodiesel in harmonious correlation with sustainable development, energy conservation, efficiency and environmental preservation. It can replace diesel in all diesel engines without any modification in the engine, thereby saving on cost,” Santosh Verma, managing director, MEE, said.

Maruti Suzuki showcased two futuristic electric car models — ‘Concept Future S’ and ‘E Survivor.’

“India will need a comprehensive ecosystem that supports cleaner technologies and that comprises capabilities for battery manufacture and recycling, and a vehicle charging infrastructure of a scale and size that matches India’s needs. In our holistic approach, hybrids have tremendous potential and significance, and will move alongside the vision for electric vehicles,” Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said.

Mahindra showcases its TUV Stinger concept car at the Auto Expo 2018 on Saturday. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

“Hybrid and electric vehicle technology share the same core technology items, including lithium-ion battery, electric motor, inverter and so on. Improving efficiency of conventional engines with hybrid technology can contribute substantially to cutting emissions and bringing down India’s fuel import bill,” he said.

Another electric vehicle manufacturer, Lohia Autos, showcased OMA STAR Spl, an electric scooter designed for specially abled persons .

“Oms Star Spl has been designed keeping the requirements for specially abled persons in mind. They are not able to ride a normal two-wheeler and is a better option to the hand-pulled tricycle. This ergonomically designed vehicle with three wheels comes as a support for them and without any expenses of fuel,” a company spokesperson said.

However, not everything was limited to the campaign of green and clean living as motor heads also received an opportunity to swoon over some of the best mean machines from around the world.

One of them was the ‘Hot Wheels’, which kick-started its 50-year celebrations in India at the Auto Expo 2018. The company displayed a 2018 model of Hot Wheels car, featuring sporty details such as swanky black roof, redesigned head and fog lights.

“During the three-day extravaganza, Hot Wheels will play host to an immersive and engaging experience at the auto expo for participants across ages to witness their favourite cars come to life. The Hot Wheels booth will unveil the much-awaited life-sized cars, allowing fans and admirers to indulge in interactive games and challenges,” a spokesperson said.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 22:54 IST