According to a study, transportation accounts for about 24 per cent of India’s carbon emissions. It is a major source of air pollution in several cities across the country. As per a recent WHO report, 14 of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India. It is crucial to take drastic measures to reduce these emissions and control the pollution. According to a recent online survey conducted among 2178 Indian drivers, 87% of the people are motivated to opt for a hybrid or electric vehicles in order to reduce pollution. Car insurers have also been known to give insurance discounts to drivers of eco-friendly vehicles.
These are some of the most eco-friendly cars available in India.
1. Maruti Suzuki Eco Charge
The Eco Charge by Maruti Suzuki is a concept hybrid that uses an 1196 cc petrol engine combined with a 5KW electric motor. This results in better mileage and fewer emissions. It charges fully in 7 hours and can achieve a top speed of 100 kmph.
2. Mahindra e2o Plus
Mahindra and Mahindra launched an improved version of the Reva, known as the e2o, in 2013. It then recently launched a four-door version of the compact electric vehicle, the e2o Plus. It is the most practical iteration of the electric hatchback and it comes with a range of 140 km.
3. Toyota Prius Z4
Toyota Prius is a car designed to produce low emissions and high fuel efficiency. The car has an intelligent hybrid system that uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine as well as an electric motor.
4. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry is a more practical hybrid car by Toyota and has a better resale value. Being the most affordable hybrid (not mild-hybrid) car is one of the reasons to pick it.
5. Chevrolet Beat Electric
Beat is one of the bestsellers for Chevrolet and has enabled the company to capture a huge market share. As per the reports, an electric version of the car will be launched soon.
6. Hyundai i10 Electric
Hyundai i10 Electric was showcased at the Auto Expo in New Delhi last year. It is an electric version of one of the bestsellers of Hyundai. The car will have 16 kWh Li-ion rechargeable battery and a 65 BHP electric motor. On full charge, it should be able to run for 150 km.
7. Tata Nano Electric
Tata has already showcased the green version of world’s cheapest car at the Geneva auto show. The electric drive train will give the Nano a battery life of 160 km.
8. Reva NXG
Reva was the first all-electric Indian car. It has launched another version called as Reva NXG which has modern exteriors and a good eco-friendly electrical motor inside.
The government of India, in order to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and protect the environment is also promoting usage of more electric vehicles. The government has decided to exempt electric vehicles and automobiles run on alternative fuel from permit requirements. The government is also promoting eco-friendly vehicles through Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme, which was launched in 2015 and its second phase was launched in 2018.
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