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Renault Eolab

The Eolab grabs eyeballs even before you look under its bonnet! With a body made of steel and aluminium, and a 4.5- kg magnesium roof, the car, based on a hatchback design, is very light indeed – just under 1,000 kg. ZE hybrid technology marries a one-litre petrol engine to an electric motor, giving the Eolab a 60-km range just on electric power, and a stingy appetite for petrol at only one litre for every 100 km travelled. It’s eco-friendly too – CO2 emissions are impressively low, at just 22 g/km. The Eolab may never make it to production, but cues from it are likely to be seen in other production Renaults by 2020.

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Toyota Prius

The Prius has for years been the first car that comes to mind when you think hybrid. And the newest, fourth-generation model seeks to continue exactly that. Unveiled to the world in September 2015, the car uses an improved chassis design that lends it better stability, ride quality and handling. The engine is still a 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol unit; it sips less petrol now, though, and its thermal efficiency beats all other mass-produced petrol engines. Along with this, there’s a 72 PS electric motor, with a new nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery that saves in-car space by being positioned under the rear seats. The car’s regenerative braking system charges the battery whenever the brakes are applied. Fuel economy is estimated at 40 km/l and electric-only range at around 50 km. The Prius could be launched in India by the end of 2016, and is likely to be imported into India via the completely-built-up (CBU) route.

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Nissan X-Trail Hybrid

Nissan’s X-Trail returns to India in hybrid form with the X-Trail Hybrid making its India debut recently. The five-seater SUV is powered by a two-litre MR20DD petrol engine producing 147 PS and a RM31 electric motor making 42 PS and the combined performance is claimed to rival that of a typical 2.5-litre petrol engine. In this intelligently-designed system, the engine regenerates electricity for the electric motor, and also allows high-speed electric-mode driving. The hybrid system may take some getting used to, because the car starts up in full electric mode when first cranked up, and switches to petrol mode upwards of 20-30 kmph. Fuel economy is estimated at 20.6 km/l for the front-wheel-drive configuration and 20 km/l for all-wheel-drive. Nissan announced that the X-Trail Hybrid would be launched in 2016, and India will be only the fourth market to get this SUV.

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Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug -in Hybrid
Plug it in and charge it! Allelectric mode on the Passat GTE is accessible by pushing a button, and can take the
car up to 50 km. Average fuel consumption (according to Euro specs) is claimed at 62.5 km/l, with CO2 emissions
under 45 g/km. The total range is estimated at 1,000 km, and you can get there fast – 100 km comes up in just
eight seconds and top speed is 220 kmph.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid went on sale in the US last year and was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi.
Its mileage is estimated at about 40 km/l. And the total range is estimated at nearly 1,000 km, with a range of
about 40 km on only electric power.

Mahindra e-Verito


The e-Verito is the electriconly version of the Verito sedan. The powertrain comes from Mahindra Reva (the people who developed the cute Reva/e2o electric cars) and comprises a 72 V 3-phase AC induction motor producing 41 PS. The car offers a range of 100 km and a top speed of 86 kmph. Charge it at home in eight hours, or spring more cash for the top-end variant with a quick-charge battery needing just two hours for a full charge. It is expected to be launched soon.

Listed by :  Gaurav Nagpal

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