In a move that has some wondering whether the new electric-electric hybrids will ever make their way to the road, India has ordered more than 4,000 of the country’s latest diesel-electrics to be built.
The Diesel Electric Vehicles (DEV) program, as the country has dubbed it, is an effort to build hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) that are more fuel efficient and better equipped for Indian road safety.
The new models will be available from 2019.
India’s new electric hybrid models are expected to cost around $30,000 ($40,000 in the US) and the vehicles will have the same range as diesel hybrids, but the electric drivetrain will be able to run at an astonishing 90kmh, which is around 1.2 times that of diesel.
The cars have been hailed as the “greenest” and “safest” hybrid cars in the world and have been widely adopted by the public.
The diesel-powered vehicles will be a major step forward for the country, which has faced an increase in road accidents.
The country is also looking to develop its own electric-powered cars as it is looking to reduce emissions, which accounts for about 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
The government said in a statement that the new diesel-power vehicles are more efficient than diesel-diesel hybrids, and will be more fuel-efficient and safer.
The move was announced at the launch of the DEV program, which also sees the development of electric buses.
The announcement comes as the government of India is looking at plans to set up a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles.
It has said it wants to start making cars by 2025.
While the government has been working on the program, a group of experts, led by Professor of Automotive Engineering at MIT, Michael Krämer, is also working on an automated driving technology.
Krämer has been a key figure in developing the technology.
Krümer is also a founder and chairman of the American company, i-Road.
It is not clear if the DVR project will lead to any cars in India by the time 2020 rolls around, though.