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Old 8th June 2015, 11:45   #16
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A convoy of Swift Range Extenders has been spotted being driven on Indian roads. All cars in the convoy are seen with testing number plates. The cars could just have been taken out for the FAME Eco Drive that took place on June 5, 2015, which was celebrated as World Environment Day.

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This is a good bit of news. I personally think that for India, such hybrids are the way to go in the near term as compared to full electric cars.

If they are already on the roads testing, any idea why the launch is expected only in 2017?
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I heard from someone that this 25km figure is the range that can be extended by making use of the regenerative braking offered by the hybrid compared to a non hybrid car in the same place. Hence the whole idea behind the range extender name is that compared to the normal non hybrid, you can use it for a longer range by making use of energy regeneration. It's nowhere related to charging the battery at home and getting 25kms out of it so lets shelve the criticism it's not as simple as adding a battery and getting extra range or of it.
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Ideally, a range extender will be the ICE (engine) which when connected in series to the electric motor (which drives the wheels), can power the vehicle/charge the battery when the battery is out of charge. Yes, regeneration is also a way of extending range, but the term range extender is usually in sync with ICE.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_e..._%28vehicle%29

Even the BMW i3 range extender configuration seems similar to what is mentioned for this Swift Hybrid.
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