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Old 23rd November 2013, 18:01   #1
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Default Japanese Suzuki Alto "Eco" to deliver 35 kpl!

Yup, you read that right! Suzuki's latest offering at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Alto Eco is all set to deliver a whopping FE of 35 KMPL!

However, the bad news is that though much needed by the Indians due to high fuel costs, still, this will only be available in Japan for the time being.

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Suzuki unveiled the new Alto Eco at the Tokyo Motor Show, which is its most fuel-efficient petrol-engine with a fuel economy of 35 km/litre. Alto Eco boasts fuel-efficient technologies such as the ENE-CHARGE and the new Engine Auto Stop Start System.
ENE-CHARGE is a hybrid system that combines the Alto Eco's R06A engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to provide regenerative braking. This generates power to the engine and also runs electrical equipments of the car.

The new Alto Eco has increased compression ratio and improved combustion of its engine, reduced friction resistance, and optimized powertrain control to boost fuel economy. Suzuki claims the Alto Eco strikes a balance between fuel economy and brisk driving.
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Yup, you read that right! Suzuki's latest offering at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Alto Eco is all set to deliver a whopping FE of 35 KMPL!
Another thing what is not clear is how this will change the pricing. This being a hybrid, it is bound to be expensive. And from what I have read so far it is not a plug-in hybrid, which is such a shame, because if one could charge it at home, perhaps it is possible to drive this thing purely on electricity if daily commute is less than 20km.

Indian govt. is being foolish in not promoting EV culture in India. With our coal reserves, EV can solve our CAD problem due to huge oil import.
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Indian govt. is being foolish in not promoting EV culture in India. With our coal reserves, EV can solve our CAD problem due to huge oil import.
Which city in the world has successfully 'promoted EV culture'?

We should put our scarce capital investments into public transport & let private transport pay for itself. Even with CNG being so widespread, the sales of CNG private cars is quite low.
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Though its bound to be expensive, is there any details regarding the prices and the date of launch in india??
IMO, if its priced right, it will be runaway success in india.
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Which city in the world has successfully 'promoted EV culture'?

We should put our scarce capital investments into public transport & let private transport pay for itself. Even with CNG being so widespread, the sales of CNG private cars is quite low.

States in USA: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont have mandated 'zero emission' standards by 2025, that is spurring EV sales.

There are many states in USA which mandate compulsory electric charging mechanisms in new buildings.

There are huge subsidy programs (both federal and state) in USA that provides upto US$8,500 tax rebate on purchase of EV.

Most importantly - The federal govt. has given billions of dollar in grant for research related to Electric Vehicles, Battery & charging infrastructure. US wants to lead the world in research of new tech mobility. Even Tesla got huge funding from govt. and is today the most admired EV car company in the world.

Beijing has a policy for providing easy licenses to EV, as versus IC vehicles. In Beijing you need a license to own a car (license plate), which is auctioned. But, if it is EV you are given the license plate right away. Beijing effectively offers upto to Rs. 8lakh rupees in subsidy for EVs.


Your idea of mass mobility is well taken. It is indeed one way to manage the transport problem. But, that will not take care of our mega needs. People will still need last mile, and a good portion of the population won't travel in public transport - for reasons of convenience and status.
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