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Hybrid Cars Can Have a Future In India

Mahindra unveiled India's first SUV with the advantage of a hybrid powertrain called Scorpio-HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo.

Published: 17-Jan-2006

NEW DELHI -- Hybrid cars have made headlines at almost every auto show where the cars have been exhibited. Some of the cars like Toyota Prius, considered a midsize sedan, is the number-one selling hybrid car in the US and the Ford Escape Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the road.

Taking cue from the international trend Mahindra has unveiled India’s first SUV with the advantage of a hybrid powertrain called Scorpio-HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) at the ongoing Auto Expo. It is powered by a CRDe engine and an electric transaxle. So you can run it on diesel, switch to electric or use both to propel your vehicle on the road.

Giving an insight on the current Indian hybrid scenario, Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, one of the officials of Mahindra, said, "Ours is not a mature market like the US, where people will be ready to shell out money almost ten times of a normal car for a hybrid one." He added, "But, yes, the hybrid cars do have a future in the Indian market and it will be only after three to four years that we will be able to commercialise the Scorpio-HEV."

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