Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries inaugurated the show in the company of Arvind Saxena, President & Managing Director, General Motors and Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM. Sharma said that vehicles industry contributes to 7-8% of the national GDP, and 20% of total excise duty collection.
Ashok Leyland unveils its first zero emission, electric bus – Optare Versa EV in India
Over the last decade, compound annual growth rate for CV’s was reported at about 12% despite conditions plaguing the Indian auto industry. Growth potential continues, and will see government support to help increase ease of acquiring and operating.
2015 Bus and Special Vehicle Show saw the launch of Ashok Leyland Versa, its first ever electric bus for India. The 36 seater gets power from 52 units of Lithium Iron Batteries of 24V 135 Ah. Force Motors’ display comprised of customised vehicles mostly used by utility’s: Fire brigade, ambulance, school bus, luxury Tempo Traveller, and a SUV.
General Motors displayed two ‘Enjoy’ MPVs, one of which was custom built, and a Tavera. Isuzu Motors showcased a Pick up truck customised as a mobile service vehicle. Mahindra showcased a BS4 40 Seater school bus (Tourister cosmo BS4), a 40 Seater Staff bus (Tourister cosmo BS3), a Maxximo Mini School Van and its electric car, Reva.
Renault 4WD Duster and Scala are on display. SML Isuzu showcased 3 buses. Tata Motors has put their range of commercial vehicles on display, including ULTRA MIDI 900 mm AC, ULTRA BS4 – 3 L Engine AC vehicle, ULTRA BS3 – Safe School Bus, 1512 LUXURY Bus, Articulated Bus – LONG City Bus, and Winger DICOR BS4.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors 10 seater Luxury commuter vehicle Hiace on display is scheduled for launch in India in Q2 2014. Mitsubishi showcased a Pajero Sport. Allison Transmission, Hindustan Petroleum, Innova Rubbers, K B Autotech, Panasonic India, Sidhwal Technologies, State Bank of India, Meenakshi Polymers, AVL, Trans ACN solutions and JK Tyre are participating in the show.