Category Archives: Indian Automobile Service Industry

How racing technology from Formula E is changing perspectives on EVs

Motorsports has always been a way for manufacturers to develop and test out new technologies, and these technologies have constantly impacted the cars on our roads. High-level motorsports – such as Formula One, and more recently Formula E – has always been a way of testing new technologies for road cars.

Mahindra is just one such example. Having been a manufacturer of electric vehicles for 18 years, according to team principal Dilbagh Gill, being a part of the racing series has helped jump-start their experience with more powerful vehicles and to plan for a new round of more upscale consumer EVs. The motorsport has further exposed Mahindra to carbon fibre and composites construction and applications.

Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series and has become a way for technology partners such as Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as manufacturers including Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and BMW to develop new solutions for electric road cars. James Barclay, team director at Panasonic Jaguar Racing explains: “ABB FIA Formula E has been central to Jaguar Land Rover’s move towards electrification…The Formula E programme will generate tangible R&D benefits, with the technology developed and lessons learned on the race track helping to accelerate the electrification of future Jaguar Land Rover road cars.”

Changing Perspectives:
Formula E is not only leading the development and adaptation of the technology we see in our road cars, but it’s starting to change perceptions of electric vehicles by showcasing that if electric racing cars look that cool, then consumer electric cars can be just as impressive. The sport is showing people that electric cars aren’t boring or slow.

Auto Expo: A Brief Introduction

The Auto Expo is Asia’s largest biennial automotive show held in Greater Noida, NCR, India. Conceived in 1985 and making its debut in 1986 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the expo is focused towards introducing new technology, concepts, innovation and designs in the auto industry.

Jointly organized by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Auto Expo’s path-breaking debut show was a window for technology transfers representing how the Indian Automotive Industry was absorbing the new technologies and promoting indigenous research and development for adapting these technologies for the rugged Indian conditions.

Over the years, the show has only grown stronger. By 2006, it began to see huge overseas participation, with new concepts, launches, as well as trade dialogues. In 2008, it was accredited by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), cementing its reputation as one of the world’s most premier auto shows.

In 2020, the 15th Auto Show aimed to not only focus on the static display of motor vehicles but to also focus on the ‘Entire Mobility Eco-System’, enveloped by the theme of “Co-Create, Co-Exist and Celebrate”. Despite the slowdown in the Indian motor industry, the expo had several big brands take part in the event showcasing multiple new concept cars, with electric vehicles taking centre stage.

Today, the Auto Expo is eagerly anticipated by brands and fans alike.

FASTag: What is it?

In an attempt to reduce traffic at toll plazas, the Government of India has mandated electronic payments at all toll plazas across India. To this effect, the government has introduced FASTag.

What is FASTag?
Operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), FASTag is a simple to use, electronic toll collection system and reloadable tag, which enables automatic deduction of toll charges. It is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly, letting you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for a cash transaction. It is linked to your prepaid account of choice, from which the toll amount is deducted. The FASTag is affixed on the windscreen of your vehicle after the tag account is active, allowing you to drive through toll plazas without the need to stop for a cash payment.

What are the benefits of using FASTag?

Easy payment – It removes the necessity to carry cash for payments.

Saves time – The instant payment saves you from waiting in those long toll booth queues; as well as saving you the hassle of waiting for your change and knowing how much you need to pay.

Cashback – Payments made through FASTag offer a cashback of up to 2.5% on all tolls for the year 2019-20.

Online Recharge – FASTag can be recharged conveniently through multiple online options: Credit Card/Debit Card/NEFT/RTGS/Net banking and Point of Sale (POS) locations, with the most recent feature update adding a Google Pay UPI option as well.

Ease of Tracking – You get regular SMS alerts to your registered mobile number each time any transactions are done using the tag, for low balance, etc. Periodic statement of account may also be taken from the online portal website.

Online Portal – To view transaction statements, wallet balance, raise queries, recharge, etc.

The FASTag App:
To accelerate the transition to the electronic payment mode, the road ministry, National Highway Authority of India and Indian Highways Company have launched a My FASTag app. The app allows users to buy FASTtags online, find point-of-purchase locations offline, recharge their tags, and make payments. The app also provides access to a list of operational FASTtag toll plazas across the country, 24×7 highway toll-free hotline and banks’ helpline numbers.

How much does it cost?
FASTag has a one-time fee of ₹200. The refundable security deposit depends on the vehicle type. With a reissuance fee of ₹100.

Specific lanes:
The toll booth lanes will be divided by those paying cash and those with a FASTag pass. The FASTag will work only in the lanes assigned for it. Take note that if any vehicles without a valid FASTag enter the FASTag lane, they will be charged double the applicable toll amount in cash.

FASTag is currently operational at 180 toll plazas across national and state highways with more toll plazas being brought under the program in the future.

Learn more about FASTag here

Bike Service at your Doorstep

Haven’t we all had those days where we just don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done? Why does it always feel like the one day when we are in a rush or late, something has to happen to delay us; especially when we are rushing to work and our bike won’t start!? We have to now add “get bike fixed” to our neverending to-do list.

No one needs this added stress and GoBumpr is here to solve your problem with their newly introduced Doorstep Bike Service!

What does this mean? Well, you can now get your bike serviced right where you are and right in front of you by GoBumpr’s very own expert mechanics. No longer do you have to get your bike to a mechanic, wait in queue, and waste a day to get it fixed.

Now, it’s as simple as booking a doorstep service on the company’s website. Once the booking is completed and confirmed, the mechanic will come to you, wherever you are and at your own convenience. Best of all, the service is completed in just 2 hours and costs only Rs.999! There is also 100% transparency because you can actually see what is being done.

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What are the services included?

    – Engine Oil Change
    – Foam Clean & Exterior Polish
    – Chain/Belt Inspection
    – Spark Plug Cleaning
    – Air Filter & Oil Filter Cleaning
    – Brakes Inspection/Adjustment

Currently available only in Chennai city, GoBumpr plans to expand this service to their other locations soon. In the meantime, Chennaites can enjoy this hassle-free opportunity and book a service here.