Monthly Archives: October 2016

E2O Plus vs E-Verito vs E-Supro

Mirror, mirror on the wall which is the best electric car of them all?

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E2O Plus (P8) vs E-Verito vs E-Supro

Now that India has an electric car in 3 distinct category (subcompact, mid-size and commercial) its time to see which car is best suited for you. This is because each car is targeted at… Continue reading

HeroMotor Corp invests in Ather Energy

Country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp will invest up to Rs 205 crore in one or more tranches to acquire up to 30% stake in Bengaluru-based Ather Energy Pvt.

“The board of directors of the company, in its meeting held on October 26, 2016, approved an investment of up to Rs 205 crore, in one or more tranches, for approximately 26-30% shareholding in Ather Energy Private Ltd,” Hero MotoCorp said in a BSE filing.

The strategic investment is subject to execution of definitive agreements and completion of certain conditions customary for a transaction of this nature.

It further said: “As the market leader and… Continue reading

Cyrus Mistry wanted to murder Tata Nano

If you can read the news lines and then read between the lines it is becoming very obvious by the day that the whole matter was that of Cyrus Vs Tata Nano.

He had not solutions to revive nor did he want an Electric variant… all he wanted was the Tata Nano project to be shelved… closed and murdered…

The car had put India on the map of the Automobile world… and that mystery man wanted to remove it from there.

Mistry, in his letter to Tata Sons board members had said that for Tata Motors to make a turnaround, Nano needed to be shut down as it had reached a peak loss of Rs 1,000 crore.

Even Auto industry veteran and Maruti Suzuki India Chairman RC Bhargava said Ratan Tata needs to be given credit for attempting to offer an affordable car to the masses through Nano something that even his company could not do or visualize.

Indian is surely blessed to have people like Ratan Tata… if there ever were sages who lived in India thousands of years ago…. they surely would have been like Ratan Tata and APJ Abdul Kalam who dedicated their entire life to pursue excellence.

 

 

Tata Nano EV…200kms range… coming soon

With the ouster of Cyrus Mistry… and Ratan Tata back at the helm of things there is a great possibility of Tata Nano EV coming off the benches and being pressed into play.

If you remember Cyrus Mistry was the guy who had decided to stop production of the Nano by next year (2017) if… Continue reading

YOU work as a spy for China!!!

China no longer requires spies because YOU with your smartphone are its eyes and ears!!!

Spy software that can listen to calls, track users, and make online purchases was found pre-installed on smartphones from Chinese companies including Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc

Chinese Smart Phone brands to avoid

The latest findings, from German cybersecurity company G DATA, add to a growing list of similar spying software found on smartphones from Chinese companies.

“This is happening on a lot of phones,” said Andy Hayter, G DATA’s security… evangelist, in a phone interview.

In March, researchers with BlueBox found similar malware on the Xiaomi Mi 4 LTE, which they obtained during a trip to China.

Spyware Capabilities

The spyware is capable of doing the following actions:
  • Listening in to telephone conversations
  • Accessing the Internet
  • Viewing and copy contacts
  • Installing unwanted apps
  • Asking for location data
  • Taking and copying images
  • Recording conversations using the microphone
  • Sending and reading SMS/MMS
  • Disabling Anti-Virus software
  • Listening in to chats via messaging services (Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook and Google+)
  • Reading the browser history

Source:

http://thehackernews.com/2015/09/android-smartphone-malware.html
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1748900-spy-software-found-pre-installed-on-lenovo-huawei-and-xiaomi-smartphones/

E2O Plus… aka… the 4-door version

Finally we have an EV that  resembles a normal car in looks. Earlier our innovation was the Nano which hand almost no nose (bonnet)… then the E20 without or with a small rear… now finally we have a car that is “proportionate” or balanced in appearance and thus appealing to the eye.

https://i2.wp.com/www.mahindrae2oplus.com/pages/images/gallery/big/exterior-1.jpg

It will be available in 2 variants ranging from… Continue reading

The Rs150 lakh Ashok Leyland joke called “Circuit”

150 lakh Ashok Leyland joke called Circuit… don’t know if they pulled the name right out of Munnabhai MBBS movie.

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The things people do in the name of Electric vehicles, clean and green energy. Just like Kodak tried to stay in the game by meddling in copy machines Ashok Leyland tried to jump the curve by buying a electric bus company called Optare in the UK.

Any Indian company that invest in Europe has seen red… even if they are the top companies in the world. Be it Suzlon… be it Tata Motors… be it Tata Steel… be it Amtek Auto… all have seen losses and had to sell those investments… not because of economics but because of “gamesmanship” which is a new word for cheating.

Why would Indian company buy UK technology and try to sell it in India??!!?? Make the bus and try to sell in UK… they bloody well cannot do it so try the govt to buy their stuff…

If you are still gaging for the numbers its almost identical to what one hears about li-ion vehicles 120kms range, 3 hrs charging time 75kmph top speed. The bus can carry about 30 (sitting) to 60 passengers.

The bus will cost between 1.5 Crore to 3.5 Crore…

All I have to say is give one finger salute… _l_ for the visionaries and the makers of this vehicle.

Speedways - Indian Company - AC Electric Bus for Rs 20 Lakh

Tork vs Ather vs Gogoro

17 October 2016

Come Diwali 2016 and the Tork will be out for sale and by the end of the year we can expect Ather to release its electric scooter. If Tork releases earlier than Ather then Tork should take away almost 70% of Ather’s pre-booked customers.

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There is no doubt that, come what may, Tork has spoiled Ather’s party and took away their prize of not only of making history by being the 1st Indian Electric 2Wheeler company but from becoming the fastest EV 2wheeler on Indian roads. Just when Ather was on the home stretch and nearing the finish line for the historic record will it get pipped at the tape by Tork?

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Tork Vs Ather Vs Gogoro-1

Add to this the lost customers and for sure this was not what Ather foresaw. All this was brought repeatedly to their attention by yours truly much before Tarun and Swapnil got their Flipkart’s “Bansal funding”. They had decided much ahead on following the scooter design and me persuading them to follow the motorcycle design. They decided to stick to their design because it allowed sari clad women and elderly gentlemen (and un-gentlemen) in lungis to ride the scooter than a motorcycle and thus positioning it towards a broader market.

On hindsight it is better that Ather stuck to the scooter design and along came Tork with motorcycle design so today we have both – the scooter and the motorcycle EV. Else they would have been competing against each other instead of building the EV market together.

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Tork Vs Ather Vs Gogoro – 2

Analysing Tork & Ather social media it seem that both have a very different kind of followers. But LOL…what is common on both their social media sites are those lame loosers who keep saying Rs 100,000 is too expensive… those same losers said Rs 100,000 for a Tata Nano was very expensive when it launched and they wanted it for Rs 50,000. Its like they are buying baji from the street vendor… trying to bargain for a lower price.

Getting back to this review there is no doubt Year 2017 will be the year that India moved from Petrol based 2wheelers to Electric 2wheelers…. And in the very 1st year itself we have 2 options a scooter by Ather Energy and a motorcycle by Tork. Although there is a lot of difference between a scooter and motorcycle in a petrol vehicle there is almost no difference in the EV world as far as the motor and batteries are concerned. Both operate the same way… there is only accelerator and brake… no gears or clutches… no pain just pure joy and wind in you hair.

The difference between the two is in looks, shock absorbers and wheel size. The shock absorber has longer travel-range to absorb the shock (when the vehicle hits a speedbreaker) in a motorcycle due to the larger wheels than a scooter can handle with smaller wheels. Other than this… full control of the bike is in your right hand…. race the throttle and you take off… almost literally.

Tork vs Ather vs Gogoro - 3

Tork vs Ather vs Gogoro – 3

There is no doubt these 3 vehicles are the top vehicles in the world today…. And its amazing to note that Ather bettered the Gogoro benchmark by including sat nav on its vehicle a thing that Gogoro for some strange reason completely overlooked just like they overlooked the passenger seat AND battery charging at home… all 3 of which Gogoro added as an afterthought. But the Gogoro battery and battery dispenser is a beauty… but not its price and the ransom of paying for every recharge which will include profit and Tax and the Gogoro advertisement electricity bill. Gogoro surely has some major issues to resolve before it will be even able to compete head on with Tork & Ather.

Both Tork & Ather must look towards exporting to South East Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand & Philippines. These markets are HUGE bike users and they will love Tork and Ather. Gogoro is correctly testing their bike in Amsterdam… if it fails there and then the USA then it might as well shut shop. But Europe & USA cannot generate the sales numbers for 2 wheelers like Asia can but the price of Gogoro makes it a misfit for Asian market. So the Gogoro guys could either change their recharging method from profit making to profit sharing or community powered and thus lower the “fuel” price or take this ahead and develop an Electric Car with swappable batteries which would then make it much more attractive than anything on the market. There is no 3rd way for Gogoro. They are at a major signal where either they take a u-turn and turn back to review their recharging ways or race straight ahead and develop electric cars.

Comments on Company Website
Tork  – Good – Could find all information and their Specification Link is:http://torkmotorcycles.com/specification.html

Ather – Average  Couldn’t find Specification sheet although all the answers are in FAQs. I couldn’t be arsed looking them up one by one. The specs were NOT available at: https://www.atherenergy.com / so had to get it from Wiki & Press issues.

Gogoro – Very Poor – lot of crap info given to confuse people, at the same time not mentioning the battery recharge time.Gogoro has so many colour accessories to choose… its as if you are buying a ladies hair clip or bangles or dress… it has feminine written all over it. Link : https://www.gogoro.com/smartscooter/specs/

FINAL RESULTS

  • Tork scores 11  out of 18
  • Ather scores 3 out of 18
  • Googoro manages jus 1 out of 18 (To check out the in-depth Ather vs Gogoro comparison done in March 2016 google search for “plugincaroo Ather scooter vs Gogoro first ever shootout”)

As for the high price of Gogoro scooter here is a youtube video where the owner had a small collusion with a car and his vehicle undergoes serious maintenance cost. He says “spent 8 million 3 thousand yuan, but now maintenance costs is about as high as 75,000 yuan, at this price you can buy a new car” this left the owner quite dumbfounded.

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Hero Motors & Bajaj watch out… can you jump the curve??!!!

Its amazing how 1 person or 2 person startups aided by technology and a little money (exemplified by companies like Apple & Microsoft) leapfrogs over lethargic and existing billion dollar Big-Brand Business like the HP, IBM & Xerox of yesterday in exactly the same way the Hero Motors & Bajaj are getting leapfrogged by complete newbies of Ather & Tork who started shaving few years ago. There is no doubt that within a decade HeroMotors & Bajaj would end up forgotten avoided like Hercules Computer, Commodore, Sinclair, Compaq, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia, Kodak… the list is truly endless.

Indians will ban cricket with Pakistan… but never with China…Why?

It doesn’t matter much to Indians that china is helping, supporting and financing terrorism in India.

Indians prefer to pass the blame to the government…”whyee the govt is not taking action?”

The government prefer to pass the responsibility to the people. Just like Swatch Bharat was citizen’s problem and responsibility and so extra tax was needed although municipality is sleeping,

Crop insurance became farmer’s responsibility… Govt cleverly instructed the farmers to insure their own crops instead of coming to the Government to claim damages.

…now banning Chinese  products are the citizen’s responsibility. HOW CONVENIENT…

Its time Indian women start pointing it out to our men to stop buying Chinese… just like my wife pointed it out to me… although I was never a fan of their products since 5yrs ago after our microwave oven got spoilt because of a poor quality chinese electric socket adapter.

Wake up and smell the coffee dude…every single penny paid for that silly crap Chinese product…helps them to build bombs that they will use against you and your family… if you don’t understand a sentence as simple as that… no use reading further…

Indians hardly think of China as an enemy. This is quite unlike Hong Kong where the distaste at the sight of Indians is clearly evident in the demeanor of the Chinese settled there.

Indians get pissed off with a tiny country like Pakistan… but never with China…

Indians will ban things like cricket matches with Pakistan… protest against their actors working in India, protest against our Actors speaking their minds… But all this while they keep doing business with China who help, finance, aid and train Pakistan manage terrorism and possibly China is also helping ISIS because it has financially weaker and corrupt countries as its neighbors and China itself can act as a corridor.

Is it because we do not play Cricket with China?… is it that?… this protest against Pakistan and  no protest against China has always intrigued me.

China is a country  that has… Continue reading

Mahindra Electric Supro Cargo Van & MUV

15 October 2016

The above is a TV Advertisment of Diesel model. The e-Surpo is largely identical to the diesel-powered Supro. At the tape, it is 3,798 mm in length, 1,540 mm in width, 1,922 mm in height, has a wheelbase of 1,950 mm, and has 155/80-R13 tubeless tires.

Mahindra Electric Supro - for the whole family.

Mahindra Electric Supro – for the whole family.

It is released as a Cargo Van and a 8 seater Passenger Vehicle. The 8 Seater passenger vehicle is just perfect for Taxies like Meru, Ola and Uber. This vehicle has… Continue reading