The government's initiative to provide tax benefits and incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles is getting the attention of car manufacturers in India.
Mahindra has taken the cue and will launch the mild hybrid version of the XUV500 in the next six to twelve months. The mild hybrid version of Mahindra is called 'Intelli-Hybrid' also seen in the Scorpio.
Mahindra has the 'Micro-hybrid' system, which is basically an auto start/stop feature. This will be replaced by the Intelli-hybrid featuring auto start/stop, brake regeneration, a larger battery capacity, and a starter motor which functions as both as an alternator and a motor to provide a mild electrical boost in certain driving conditions.
The Intelli-hybrid Scorpio increases the fuel efficiency by seven percent and can be expected with the same efficiency in the XUV500 as well.
The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) scheme, was introduced by the Indian government to encourage manufacturing electric and hybrid vehicles.
With this scheme, Maruti took the lead with the adoption of mild hybrid in the Ciaz and the Ertiga, also, seen in the S-Cross. Now, other car manufacturers are taking this route to launch vehicles which come with tax benefits and incentives.