With the Indian consumer finally worried about pollution and emissions, a lot of hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles are soon going to hit the market. Where a hybrid vehicle has the possibility to run on full electric mode or have the electric motor power the wheels, a mild hybrid is one where there is an energy regeneration system like on the Ciaz and Ertiga which charges the batteries and helps reduce load on the engine. Here are 8 of them
Mahindra XUV500 mild hybrid
Mahindra recently revealed a hybrid version of its old school SUV, the Scorpio. The same Intelli-Hybrid system is expected to come on the XUV500 in the next 6-12 months, as reported by ET Auto. Currently, the XUV comes with a micro-hybrid technology which only includes engine start stop.
The new system replaces that. In addition to the start/stop technology, it will be able to regenerate energy from the brakes and store it in a larger battery which is then used to assist the vehicles when it is loaded. On the Scorpio, it is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 7%.
Hyundai Verna mild hybrid
Hyundai has confirmed plans of bringing in the mild hybrid technology into the country, like the one on the Ciaz. The new generation Verna will be launched later next year and this will most likely be the first model to get the new mild hybrid technology.
The micro hybrid will have a large battery which is capable of getting charged using the regenerative energy from the brakes. Also, putting in the micro-hybrid will give the Verna a competitive price due to the FAME rebate.
Maruti Baleno mild hybrid
Overdrive recently reported that Maruti is working on a SHVS version of the Baleno as well. The vehicle was spotted testing in the country. What is surprising is the fact that it will feature a petrol SHVS, unlike the Ciaz and Ertiga which have a diesel SHVS.
The engine will be the same 1.2 liter K Series unit but with Dualjet technology which is available abroad. From the images, it is sure that the vehicle will get rear disc brakes and a new alloy design. The reason why Maruti is testing this system is to make sure that it is compatible with the fuel we get here.
Honda Accord hybrid
The Accord is all set to make a comeback to the Indian market later this year. To take on the Camry Hybrid, Honda is planning to bring in the Accord Hybrid as well.
Honda showcased the normal 2.4 version at the Delhi Auto Expo and has already brought in both the normal and the hybrid versions for homologation. The hybrid version will feature a smaller 2.0 liter engine that is assisted by an electric motor which gives a combined output pf 196 Bhp. This will come mated to a CVT.