Nitin Gadkari explores India’s first mass-market hybrid car, the Honda City e:HEV

Honda is not leaving any stone left in its campaign for lower hybrid vehicle taxation. Honda Car India executives met with Minister of Transport Road and Highways Nitin Gadkari to demonstrate the benefits of hybrid technology after the recent launch of the City e:HEV hybrid. Hybrid vehicles, according to the Japanese automaker, are the future and the solution to electric vehicles’ range anxiety. Apart from the MRP, it is also fuel-efficient and does not burn a hole in the pocket. Honda believes the time is right to make their argument, with the union minister emphasizing the usage of greener alternative fuels such as hydrogen-powered vehicles.

On their social media channel, Honda shared photos of the union minister speaking with Kunal Behl, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Honda Cars India, and his colleagues. “It was a proud moment for us at Honda Cars India Ltd, when Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, took time out of his busy schedule to meet our officials and check out the new Honda City e:HEV.” Honda wrote on Twitter.

Honda recently indicated that by decreasing taxes, hybrid vehicles will see a faster adoption rate. Hybrid technology, according to Behl, is a feasible choice because it does not rely on external charging infrastructure. He also brought up the large tax gap, noting that hybrid vehicles are taxed at 43% while electric vehicles are taxed at only 5%.

The City e:HEV is the country’s first mass-market hybrid car, with an ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs 19.50 lakh. The hybrid sedan comes in only one fully outfitted model, the ZX, and is powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-Cycle DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with two electric motors. This powertrain produces 124 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque when combined. It has three driving modes: electric, hybrid, and engine, as well as a regeneration mode for deceleration. Honda claims that the City hybrid gets 26.5 kilometers per litre.

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