Auto Expo 2023 Updates : All the upcoming Electric Cars & Bikes
On the first day of India's premier auto show, Auto Expo 2023, electric cars stole the show as manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Tata Motors, and MG Motor displayed their cutting-edge creations and pledged to make investments in clean transportation.
According to a source with knowledge of the event, there were releases by four businesses. Up to 22 vehicles were introduced by several enterprises, with the preponderance of the cars being shown in the EV class.
In addition to a small passenger bus, commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland (ALL) presented seven automobiles with internal combustion engines powered by hydrogen, LNG, CNG, battery power, and fuel cells. An "intelligent EV series" was launched by ALL's electric vehicle arm, Switch Mobility, to tackle last-mile and mid-mile networking needs in India. The first worldwide strategic EV from Suzuki was on display at Maruti Suzuki. By 2025, the car is anticipated to make its Indian debut.
Kia Motors displayed its EV9 and KA4 concept SUVs. The auto giant also intends to spend 2,000 crores in India on infrastructures, production, and research and development connected to electric vehicles. A limited version of BYD's five-seater e-SUV ATTO 3 was presented. Greaves Cotton made its first venture into electric motors by showcasing six brand-new EVs, two- and three-wheelers. Future-ready logistics services were on show from VE Commercial Vehicles. At the same time, Cummins Group India introduced itself with a foundation independent of fuel type and a variety of power options based on hydrogen technology.
For your better understanding, we have distilled a list of EVs revealed at the Auto Expo 2023 ➖
MG 4 EV
The MG 4 is a born-electric car that was revealed in July of this year and is built on the versatile, expandable platform developed by parent firm SAIC, where the battery capacity is an essential component of the foundation construction.
A 51kWh and a bigger 64kWh battery pack are offered for the MG 4 EV globally; the first delivers 170hp, while the larger gives 203hp. Both variants have a solitary motor and rear-wheel transmission, with a 250 Nm torque rating. With a 7kW AC fast charger, the batteries can be recharged from 0% to 100% in just 7.5 hours and 9 hours, respectively, for the 51kWh & 64kWh battery capacities. With a 150kWh household charger, the batteries can be recharged from 10% to 80% in 35 minutes. On the WLTP cycle, MG says that the lower battery may provide a range of up to 350 km and the bigger one a range of 452 km.
There is a 77.4kWh battery pack for the EV9 concept. Official range and power numbers have not yet been disclosed; anticipate learning more about them once the production-spec vehicle makes its appearance. The 800V electrical design of the E-GMP system also enables fast charging at speeds of up to 350kW. The battery needs approximately 20 minutes to quickly recharge from 10% to 80%. An introduction model with a solitary motor driving the rear wheel along with a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive ballpark are both anticipated for the EV9 concept's consumer variant.
The EV9 concept's interior has a relatively understated panel with a dual infotainment setup, a horizontal steering wheel without spokes, and no tactile buttons at all. The idea has a three-row arrangement with a second column of chairs that can be tucked fully compact and a first line of seating that can rotate to form a lounge-like area. It is decorated with hip ambience lighting everywhere.
There are two battery options available for the BYD Seal. With a 61.4kWh battery, the bottom two trims are said to have a 550km range. A bigger 82.5kWh battery is included in the long-range and efficiency models, giving them a relative range of 700 km and 650 km (650 km is for 4WD). The CTLC consists of all ranges, making the actual figure smaller. Interestingly, the prolonged version's capacity is 50km lower than the performance variant. DC rapid charging typically takes 30 minutes to charge 20–80% of a device.
The BYD Seal is a smart Chinese EV with all the necessities, including 5G connectivity, an integrated dash camera, and Bluetooth microphones for KTV. Additionally, because it is a BYD, it has a 15.6-inch rotating touchscreen in the centre that can be switched from landscape to portrait with the push of a button. The long-range test model also has a 10.25-inch instrument panel and a HUD.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV
For a time now, there has been the Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV. Since the Ioniq 5 has already been formally introduced in India, the South Korean company accepts reservations for a low fee of Rs 1 lakh.
The Kia EV6 and the Ioniq 5 have the same architectural underpinnings. Thus, the Hyundai EV uses essentially the same batteries and equipment. The Ioniq 5 EV is anticipated to come in Basic Range and Extended Range versions, with both all-wheel drive and back-wheel power choices. The base model reportedly has a 58kWh battery, while the extended-range model will have a 72.6kWh battery. It claims to have a complete range of 480 kilometers.
Compared to its rival, the Kia EV6, which has a range of around 708 kilometers, the range is on the lesser side. Numerous crisp curves and troughs distinguish its design, adding individuality to its boxy appearance. Leg room is not a problem with this vehicle, either in the front or the back. There is a 12-inch TFT and 12-inch electronic monitoring board on the same touchscreen display. The first is the centre of all entertainment. Smartphone apps and cutting-edge voice recognition technologies are combined. This also includes support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
At the Auto Expo, Toyota is exhibiting the bZ4X electrified small SUV. The bZ4X was introduced by the company as the first fully electric SUV from the Japanese brand in October 2021. The e-TNGA electric car design, which they designed with Subaru, is the foundation for the bZ4X, being the first car to use. The platform's most significant distinguishing features are its short roofline and long wheelbase, which allow it to have a luxurious and accessible cabin. Both a front-wheel drive variant with a solitary motor system and a 4-wheel drive version with a twin motor setup is available in the bZ4X. Although the latter is capable of 218 HP and 336 Nm, the first generates 204 HP and 265 Nm. A 71.4 kWh battery capacity is used to provide the energy, and it has a WLTP-certified range of about 450 km on a full charge. It can recharge at a rate of up to 150 kW, which translates to charging up to 80% in 30 minutes.
Tata Harrier & Tata Safari EV
Tata has also made remarkable headlines by introducing its next famous automobile, which will be fully electric. Confirming the speculations, it has unveiled the Tata Harrier & Tata Safari EV.
All of these electric SUVs are expected to have a declared range of 500-520 km, which equates to an accurate range of 450-475 km, even though the electric engine and battery powering the EV editions of both the Tata Harrier and Safari have not yet been identified. As a result, whenever these electric-powered SUVs are produced, the market for mild electric SUVs will become increasingly aggressive. The only engine offered for the Tata Harrier and Safari is the 2.0-liter diesel SUV, which has the highest capacity of 170 PS and a torque of 350 Nm. There are two transmission options for the Harrier and Safari: a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Furthermore, it is predicted that each of these upcoming SUVs will get a redesign, which will incorporate a few innovative features, an enhanced touchscreen entertainment system and full ADAS technology, and minor tweaks to the outer and back outlines. The all-electric vehicles, which will retain the same range of amenities as the SUVs' diesel-powered predecessors, may be based on the redesigned Harrier and Safari models.
The F77, an all-electric sports bike made in India for the first time, was unveiled by Ultraviolette Automotive, a company located in Bengaluru. Due to its highly researched and adapted motor arrangement, the Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle can accelerate from a full stop to 60 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. According to the company's official website, the Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle has a top speed of 147 km/h. The bike is now the quickest electric motorbike to be introduced in India, thanks to these settings. One of the most powerful sports e-bikes on the Indian market, it hits a new level for a startup product. Three lithium-ion batteries will power the first electric motorcycle from Ultraviolette with a 4.2kW rating. Pushing a switch causes a sci-fi-like stack of three removable lithium-ion batteries on a tray to pop out of the bonnet. The battery's reported IDC range is a record-breaking high of 307 kilometers on an ultimately charged battery. The batteries often take the compact home charger 5 hours to charge completely. The range will vary depending on the riding modes used. The three riding modes available are Sports, Insane, and Eco. Furthermore, the company's quick charger can do the job in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Matter Concept-EXE & UT
Matter debuted the EXE and the UT, two brand-new designs, at Auto Expo 2023. Both devices share the same architecture, are highly angular in design, and feature detachable rechargeable batteries. The Concept-EXE looks to be an electric version of a supersport bike, which should be entertaining given the electric drivetrain's immediate power output. The seat is nearly level, with only a slight slope toward the back. Despite the standard telescopic fork and mono-shock setup, the swingarm is a unique trellis section. The Concept-EXE has Pirelli Angel GT tyres mounted on both ends and is painted in an eye-catching white or neon blue scheme. Both designs have a gear lever, which suggests that the technology demonstrated on the Matter electric bike just several months ago will also be used in these models. Both have a petal-shaped frontal disc and a spherical rear disc, another distinctive characteristic that may be observed.
With these two ideas, Matter also displayed a previous e-bike, but the identity and price are still a secret.
Kratos X has been introduced by Tork Motors, one of India's top electric motorbike manufacturers. On show at the Tork Motors pavilion, this brand-new electric motorbike will stand out for its top-notch design and engineering. A lithium battery unit is added to the Kratos X electric motorbike. It has a full charge range of 120 km, 0 to 40 km/h acceleration time of 4 seconds, and a peak speed of 100 kmph. Tork Kratos R, in contrast, uses a 9 kWh electric powertrain with 12 horsepower and 38 Nm of torque. While peak speed is more significant at 105 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 40 km/h is identical at 4 seconds. The Kratos X offers a smooth ride and top-notch performance. A bigger battery is also added, and it has a 7-inch display with Android, GPS, and several security measures. It also has a unique Furiously Fast riding mode, an aluminum steerer tube, and novel design components on its side rails.
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