After diesel ban in Delhi, hybrid cars seems to be the way forward
The recent ban on all diesel cars in Delhi that are powered by engines displacing more than 2000cc has given a major blow to many car manufacturers. But, the ban has hit luxury car makers very hard. One such luxury car manufacturer is Mercedes-Benz. Sales of most of its popular models including the S-Class, E-Class and even the SUV portfolio have been banned till 31st March 2016, which is equivalent to more than a quarter of a year (a lot!).
Knowing that big SUVs and luxury sedans are always powered by diesel engines not only in our country but all over the world as well, companies cannot defend themselves much about this case even though these engines are among the most refined and cleanest engines in the world and constitute a small percentage of overall diesel cars plying on Delhi roads.
This directly turns down to one major thing for luxury car manufacturers in India. Companies will have to look towards hybrids. Currently, there are not many hybrid models here in India even though the same luxury car makers retail such models in international markets. Hence, we can say that many hybrid models will soon be coming our way. For example, the BMW 7-Series has a hybrid model and same is the case with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as well. Other companies like Lexus and Volvo also retail hybrid cars. The recently launched XC90 luxury SUV from Volvo has a T8 plug-in electric hybrid.
The government of India is offering a good amount of incentives for promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in India, but unless more is done on improving charging infrastructure in the near future, such alternative means of powering vehicles will continue to stay clear of Indian roads. So, let’s hope for the best for everyone, including our precious environment.