An Indian Perspective on Electric Vehicles

Subhabrata Ghosh sees electric cars as offering both economy and performance.

Published: 27-Dec-2007

I had been gone for a while. But it feels good to come back on these pages. Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all of you.Last couple of months I have been hanging out with probably the best Rally Driver India has produced. Naren Kumar...Naren is the first Indian ever to be selected by a World Rally Championship team to drive for them.

That’s not some achievement, but one heck an achievement. I always knew Naren was brilliant, but even I was overjoyed. So who will he be driving for? Guess...Subaru. The most successful WRC team in the world. He will have Petter Solberg for company. But I am not rejoicing. Because Naren needs some funding to back him. Naren has worked out a phenomenal deal with Subaru for India. The full sponsorship of the Subaru World Rally Team. Compared to Formula 1, it costs peanuts. Compared to what is spent on our cricketers, it’s a laugh. But, but, but.

Naren is struggling to find an Indian company to back him. Sidvin, a software company based in Chennai, is his only sponsor. They have been with him through this season with Asia Pacific Rally Championship and they reaped the benefits. Naren was one of the top drivers.


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