India Developing Hybrid-electric Vehicle Standards

The committee is looking at adapting some of the global regulations on hybrids for the domestic market, including safety and fuel efficiency norms.

Published: 20-Dec-2007

Regulations for homologation of hybrid cars in the country are likely to be put in place in the next one year. A committee, consisting of members from Ministry of Surface Transport, Ministry of Heavy Industries and top officials from companies such as Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra, and Bajaj, has been recently formed to introduce laws governing hybrid vehicles.

“There are a few manufacturers in India who are trying to introduce such vehicles. Some Indian manufacturers like Mahindras and Tatas are working in the area of hybrids. These type of vehicles will be good for our country. A panel is working to expedite the finalising of standards for hybrid cars,” Mr Shrikant Marathe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India, told Business Line.

However, Mr V.G. Gujrathi, Senior General Manager, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors, who is also a member in the committee, said that the framework was likely to be finalised in the next one year.


Toyota envisions that punch to be a rear-wheel-drive Hybrid Sports Concept (HSC) that develops 400 horsepower.

This two-plus-two concept is a hybrid front-engine, rear-drive sports car with a projected zero-to-60 acceleration in the four-second range.

The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept is capable of zero fossil fuel CO 2 emissions while also enhancing performance and reducing energy consumption.


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