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New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday announced the blueprint of its odd-even scheme that prohibits private vehicles with licence plates ending in odd and even numbers from city roads on alternate days. The rule exempts environment-friendly vehicles—electrics, hybrids and CNG vehicles. Mint lists some of the green cars in the market.

Electric vehicles

1. Mahindra E2O

Built at its facility in Bengaluru, Mahindra launched the e2o—the first all-electric car in India—in 2013. The e2o is powered by a 48V lithium-ion battery, which churns out about 25bhp and 53Nm of torque with a top-speed of only 81kmph. Though a full charge takes five hours, Mahindra also has QuickCharge that helps charge it in just about an hour. Once fully charged, it can cover 120km, which is sufficient for city travel.

Price range: 4.79-5.34 lakh (price varies depending on government incentives)

2. Mahindra Verito Electric

The Verito electric will be fitted with a 29KW power train that emits 39bhp power. Equipped with advanced lithium ion batteries, the car can cover 100km with seven hours of full charge. The highest attainable speed is 85kmph.

Expected price range: 10 lakh and above.

Hybrid vehicles

1. Maruti Suzuki Swift Range Extender Hybrid

Expected to be introduced in 2016 costing 6-8 lakh.

2. Maruti Ciaz Hybrid

From the so-called Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) category, the Ciaz hybrid has an integrated starter generator and a bigger battery.

Price range: Rs8.23-Rs10.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

3. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Like the Camry, the hybrid version too gets Toyota’s DOHC VVT-i 2.5-litre petrol unit, but Toyota engineers have beautifully carved out space to fit an electric motor inside the hood. The power output from the petrol motor is 158bhp and 44bhp from the electric motor.

Price range: 32 lakh and above

4. Toyota Prius

The iconic Prius needs no introduction; rather its development has pushed the team behind it to the top of the hierarchy in Toyota. Takeshi Uchiyamada, the current chairman of Toyota Motor Corp., is one of them. It is also world’s first mass production hybrid car. It comes with a 1.8-litre 2ZR-FXE, 4-cylinder, inline, twin-cam petrol engine that puts out 97bhp and 142Nm of torque. It also has a sealed Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery which increases total power output to 134bhp.

You will have shell out a lot.

Price Range: 40-42 lakh

5. BMW i8

The most expensive of the lot and perhaps also the most advanced. The car was first showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and was introduced in the country months later. It is powered by a 1.5-litre, inline 3 petrol unit and a 7.1kWh lithium-ion battery. Power from the gasoline engine stands at 228bhp, while the electric motor gives out 129bhp, thus taking the combined tally to a massive 357bhp. In all-electric mode, the BMW i8 boasts of a top-speed of 120Km/h.

Buzz is that cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is a proud owner. He is also the brand ambassador for BMW in India.

Price; Starting at 2.30crore

CNG vehicles

For a common man, CNG is the most viable option. Gas comes cheap and offers more mileage than a traditional petrol car. One will have to pay a lot for a factory-fitted CNG kit. If not, any repair shop in Karol Bagh and Mayapuri can fit the kit for 30,000. But those may null your car warranty and may also considered to be unsafe. Below are top-selling factory-fitted CNG cars.

• Maruti Alto ( 3.65 lakh)

• Nano e-Max ( 2.51 lakh)

• Maruti Celerio ( 4.68 lakh)

• Honda Amaze ( 6.53 lakh)

• Maruti Ertiga ( 7.38 lakh)

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