Concept cars and ready-to-launch models powered by regular internal combustion engines also vied for attention.
Apart from various launches and the unveiling of new products by various two-wheeler makers, the first pre-open day of the Auto Expo 2018 saw the official entry of Kawasaki into the Indian market.
With green technology as the theme of Auto Expo 2018, brand like gMaruti Suzuki India Ltd, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, and Tata Motors Ltd have showcased their stronger presence in the field.
Hyundai Motor India, too, showcased electric and hybrid variants of its IONIQ sedan, which is being sold in many global markets.
Another South Korean auto maker Kia Motors Corporation, which will start selling its vehicles in India from next year, said it planned to introduce a range of vehicles, including an India exclusive compact electric vehicle in the country between 2019 to 2021. Hyundai will be the first global auto maker to do so. "Our exhibits are a clear indication of our capability to meet the growing aspirations of our customers", said Guenter Butschek, CEO and managing director of the auto maker. The company launched the next-generation Elite i20 on Wednesday, with a starting price of Rs 534,900. The company is showcasing "smart mobility" as a concept in this season of the Auto Expo. Designed in-house by the company, the auto epitomises the next level of evolution and marks a step-up in Maruti's design language.
On the luxury front, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz displayed its Concept EQ, with the appearance of a sporty SUV, giving a preview of a new generation of vehicles with battery electric drives.
The company, on Wednesday, also showcased SsangYong Motor's new G4 Rexton, which will be launched in India with an all new brand name.
It seems the electric vehicle segment in India is buzzing.
Currently, Lohia Auto manufactures electric and diesel vehicles comprising two and three wheelers. Anand Mahindra, chairman, M&M, and Pawan Goenka, managing director, replicated the gesture by walking through the pavilion.
The company exhibited two concept cars-the H5X and 45X-based on its two-architecture strategy.
Mahindra showcased its entire range of electric vehicles, as well as mobility solutions and concepts, from three-wheelers to buses.
The company displayed its Soul EV along with plug in hybrid models, Optima and Niro, while also unveiling its SP Concept, the conventional India-specific SUV which will be launched next year.
Two-wheeler makers, too, showcased EV concepts even as they remained non-committal about commercial launches. Hero MotoCorp unveiled a 200cc adventure motorcycle "Xpulse".