AutoQ: Tesla Cybertruck, Auto Expo 2020, Traffic Challans & More
The new Cybertruck from Tesla.
The new Cybertruck from Tesla.(Photo: Tesla)

AutoQ: Tesla Cybertruck, Auto Expo 2020, Traffic Challans & More

AutoQ is our weekly round-up of automotive stories.

Auto Expo 2020: Is It Worth a Visit Since Many Brands Are Opting Out?

This year many automotive brands are pulling out of the Auto Expo 2020.
This year many automotive brands are pulling out of the Auto Expo 2020.
(Photo: The Quint)

Auto Expo 2020 - The Motor Show is scheduled to be held between 7 and 12 February 2020, at Expo Mart, Greater Noida. This biennial event organised by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is usually a crowd puller.

Every two years the general public gets to see upcoming cars and bikes and some of the latest launches at the Auto Expo. However, this year, the crowds are likely to be a bit disappointed as many of the regular exhibitors at the Auto Expo have chosen to stay away from the event.

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The Quint In Tibet: Riding to Mt Everest Base Camp

A view of Paiku Lake, Tibet, en-route to Rongbuk when riding to the Mt. Everest North Base Camp.
A view of Paiku Lake, Tibet, en-route to Rongbuk when riding to the Mt. Everest North Base Camp.
Photo: Rohith Ashok

There’s nothing like a long motorcycle ride amid serene mountains and open landscapes to free the soul. And if that ride takes you almost up to Mt Everest, it’s a bucket-list item waiting to be ticked off.

The Quint was invited by Royal Enfield to ride to Mt Everest North Base camp in Tibet on a Royal Enfield Himalayan sometime in October. Rohith Ashok (TollFreeTraveller on Youtube) volunteered to do this ride to Rongbuk, the base camp of Everest.

It was an ambitious 10-day motorcycle expedition from Kathmandu to Tibet. The original plan included visiting three base camps: Everest base camp in the North in Tibet, the Cho Oyu base camp, and the Shishapangma base camp. However, with changing weather conditions and paucity of time, only the Everest base camp was covered.

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Tesla’s Cybertruck Is a Pickup out of a Sci-Fi Hollywood Movie

The new Cybertruck from Tesla.
The new Cybertruck from Tesla.
(Photo: Tesla)

Taking on the pickup truck market leader Ford, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the ambitious six-seater electric "Cybertruck" at a packed house on Thursday evening, which will soon be seen on the roads.

Starting at $39,900 (Rs 27.69 lakh approx), "Cybertruck" is inspired "Lotus Esprit S1" from the Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

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Challans Worth Rs 577 Cr Issued So Far Under New Motor Vehicle Act

Photo used for representational purposes.
Photo used for representational purposes.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock Images)

As many as 38 lakh challans involving a total amount of Rs 577.5 crore have been issued since the implementation of the new motor vehicles law, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, 21 November.

However, in a reply to the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said the "challans are being referred to courts. Actual revenue is not available".

"As per information available in the database of NIC (Vahan, Sarathi), 38,39,406 traffic challans in 18 states and union territories were issued," according to the reply.

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ISRO Reschedules Launch of Cartosat-3, Nano Satellites to 27 Nov

The PSLV C-38 takes off from Sriharikota with Cartosat-2. Image for representation.
The PSLV C-38 takes off from Sriharikota with Cartosat-2. Image for representation.
(Photo: ISRO)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, 21 November said the launch of its earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nanosatellites from the US, has been rescheduled to 27 November.

The space agency had earlier announced that the launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 hrs (IST) on 25 November, subject to weather conditions.

The satellites would be launched by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47 into Sun Synchronous Orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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