Posted by bardonthewire
…Why aren’t hybrid cars being introduced in India? Is it the cost/not made for indian roads/cannot be manufactured here yet?
Posted on September 22, 2005, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
One word: Batteries. The technology is simple, but the hurdle is in the battery technology. FYI, Toyota has a hybrid in the works for the Indian market. Whispers in the industry indicate a price range between 1 and 2 lakhs.
Between 1 and 2 lakhs? Isn’t that rather low, given Toyota Hybrids (Prius?) are relatively high priced cars in the US?
Think Toyota’s version of the Reva. They have trials ongoing in parts of Europe.
Aaha. But the battery technology is there already, right? I mean, what’s stopping the current hybrids from being launched here? As in, is there something about the Prius that makes it unsuitable for India?
A hybrid in the works sounds good! But, like jace says, 1-2 lakhs seems unbelievably low. Even the Tata 1 lakh car seems far from ready.
1. It is too expensive to import them, sp. with the current breaks they get if they build/asemble in India
2. Demand is a big question. Perhaps they are not convinced that there is a big market?
In spite of these issues, i suspect Honda and Toyota will enter the market next year. I’ll buy a hybrid without batting an eyelid.
Yeah, import is out of the question. Was just wondering why nobody has started building here yet. I think that’s rather strange. If the price is right, I think there’s a huge demand. I sure hope they don’t think that the market doesn’t exist!! 🙂
Like you say, I would buy one too without batting an eyelid. It’s got to be far superior to the Reva though.
I’d buy too, unless it looks like a Reva (toy car).
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