The stricter emission norms in India are forcing manufacturers to explore new avenues like hybrid in India. The Indian car market has many vehicles with mild hybrid systems and they also enjoy tax benefit under FAME scheme, which was launched to benefit the sale of hybrid cars in India.
The Verna is due for an update in India and to compete against its arch rival, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai may equip the Verna with mil-hybrid technology. The mild-hybrid tech will be same as the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) that Maruti employs in many of its cars including the Ciaz. With the hybrid technology, the South Korean manufacturer is aiming to make the sedan, most fuel efficient in the segment.
It is not clear yet what exactly the technology will be but to compete against the Ciaz, the Verna may get regenerative braking technology. Something that taps the power from the brakes when they are applied. The energy is then transferred into a big battery where it is stored and later used by the car in various ways, including powering the electrical equipments like AC or even help the car in acceleration through a motor.
The mild hybrid system assists the engine while starting from standstill as it uses more energy during the process and external assists help the car to save more fuel. The regenerative technology will be augmented with start/stop feature that will stop the engine when the car is idling for a long time. With both the technologies in place, the sedan will become much more fuel efficient.
Hyundai is also working to bring in their full-fledged hybrid car, the Ioniq to India. It will take on the cars like Camry Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid. All the manufacturers are working to implement the cleaner BS-VI emission norms, which is similar to the Euro VI norms in India. The new emission norms will be implemented by 2020.