With the Indian customer increasingly happy spending on new technology that spreads from safety to environmentally friendly, the automakers have also started to warm up to giving the markets some options. Starting with Mahindra and their Micro-Hybrid tech on the Scorpio, and then followed by Maruti with its SHVS mild-hybrid tech on the Ciaz and Ertiga, it is now Hyundai’s time to take a step in that direction. Reports state that Hyundai will be updating its Creta and the next Generation Verna with mil-hybrid tech at least in some of their variants by 2018.
The ET Auto report further stated that Hyundai will consider bringing this tech to other models in its portfolio after assessing customer response for it on the Creta and Verna. The report states that, VP, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, is certain that the market for such technologies will grow exponentially in future owing to the fuel efficiency numbers game gets more and more intense. He further stated that, the introduction of such technologies have also become affordable after the Government of India’s implementation of the FAME incentive. This initiative enables the automakers to get incentives in taxes for all locally made equipped with a mild-hybrid system. These benefits can thus be transferred to the customers. A win-win situation for all parties involved.
Not much is yet known about the mild-hybrid system that is to arrive on the Creta and the new Verna. However, it would be safe to assume the system will feature fuel saving tech such as regenerative braking, auto start/stop, an integrated motor/generator along with torque assist. All these systems combined might be able to save around 15 percent in fuel-efficiency terms.