AutoQ: New KTM Adventure Bike, EVs Made by Delhi Students & More

Here’s a look at the top automobile, car and bike news of the week.

Published10 Nov 2019, 03:21 AM IST
Car and Bike
3 min read

AutoQ is our weekly round-up of the automotive stories

NTPC Working on Charging Infrastructure for Electric Cars in India

India has been hoping to fast track its electric vehicle ambitions.
India has been hoping to fast track its electric vehicle ambitions.
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State-owned National Thermal Power Corporation Limited NTPC on Wednesday said it is working on electric vehicle charging infrastructure as it believes that, ultimately, mobility through EVs will help.

Mohit Bhargava, Executive Director, NTPC said an electric vehicle is a good concept but the larger issue is related to the battery.

"NTPC is working very strongly on the electric vehicle (EV) side, on the charging network side," Bhargava said, addressing India Energy Summit here.

Read the full story here.

Delhi Students Build Cars That Are Setting New Mileage Records

Students of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women with their electric car that claims to do 250 Km on one unit of electricity.
Students of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women with their electric car that claims to do 250 Km on one unit of electricity.
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These cars claim to set new mileage records. Be it on one litre of petrol or one unit of electricity, the challenge this year is to cross 250 km. The Shell Eco-Marathon has been encouraging students for the past three decades to build cars that can give high fuel efficiency figures and are environment-friendly.

This year, Shell’s Eco-Marathon and Shell Make The Future Live event will be held in Bengaluru between 19 and 22 November. Three teams from Delhi have built cars for the event.

Here’s a look at the cars.

What is FASTag? All You Need to Know About FASTag Login & Recharge

Here is everything about FASTag Account, login, recharge and advantages.
Here is everything about FASTag Account, login, recharge and advantages.
(Photo Courtesy: PIB India)

The National Highways Authority of India has introduced an electronic toll collection system across the country to eliminate the hassle caused at the toll plazas.

The Electronic Troll Collection System or FASTag Scheme was introduced in India in the year 2014. Gradually, it is being started at the toll plazas all across the country. To make the FASTag mandatory, the government has set up a deadline to ensure that FASTag is being used at all toll plazas without any hassle.

The deadline for FASTag is 1 December 2019. Read the full story here.

Royal Enfield Himalayan vs KTM 390 Adventure: Which One is Better?

Royal Enfield Himalayan (left) and KTM 390 Adventure (right).
Royal Enfield Himalayan (left) and KTM 390 Adventure (right).
(Photo: The Quint)

The adventure biking arena has a new contender with the launch of the KTM 390 Adventure. Granted that it’s yet to come to India, with the bike being unveiled at the EICMA in Milan for now, but the excitement is palpable.

While most are comparing the KTM 390 Adventure to BMW and Kawasaki bikes because of its likely pricing, we’re taking a more aggressive stance by pitting it against the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

This bike sells for a lot less than what the KTM 390 Adventure will cost, but engine displacement wise, Himalayan is much closer to KTM than the BMW. Here’s a detailed look at both the bikes from KTM and Royal Enfield and what they offer.

Read the full story here.

Toyota, Suzuki to Form JV for Vehicle Recycling Business in India

Maruti Suzuki. Image used for representational purpose.
Maruti Suzuki. Image used for representational purpose.
(Photo: Reuters)

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are expanding their partnership in the Indian market, by venturing into the vehicle dismantling and recycling business.

The two companies have announced a joint venture called Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India Private Limited (MSTI), which will start operations from FY 2020-21. Both companies will each own a 50 percent equity.

Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director and CEO, Kenichi Ayukawa, when announcing the venture, said that end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) will now be dismantled in an environment-friendly manner.

Read the full story here.

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