This is not the first time we have come across hybrid cars since past few decades. It is been experimented by our own home-grown companies like Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, and other foreign brands like Toyota, MG etc. out of which only a few have been a hit.

Notable History on Hybrids:

To talk about hybrid cars which were a hit, Toyota Prius is one. Considering few facts in terms of reliability, low cost of maintenance Prius is the best, it gave a run for its competitors with in the price range back then when it is launched in 1997. Though it has few drawbacks like it took absolutely 16 seconds to hit 100 KMPH. People considered it for different reasons. Read along to know why?

WHY HYBRIDS ARE BETTER THAN ICE (Internal Combustion Engine)?

  1. Better fuel economy than traditional ICE.
  2. Stress on the ICE is reduced.
  3. Lesser cost of maintenance.
  4. Reduced emissions.
  5. Enhanced performance.

What are the considerable hybrid cars currently available in Indian Market:

Maruti Suzuki:

SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) – Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga

This technology has a generator and a small battery pack which helps car for smooth idle start stop situations. This technology feeds initial torque energy to the car before ICE is started from the Li-ion battery pack which is charged through regenerative braking.

IEH (Intelligent Electric Hybrid) – Grand Vitara

After its success with SHVS mild hybrid technology in above models, Maruti Suzuki recently showcased its upcoming new strong hybrid technology IEH (Intelligent Electric Hybrid) in All New Grand Vitara.

Maruti Suzuki Grand VitaraNow, as we are on par with the developed countries in terms of new car models acceptance, as per new trends evolving in Millennials and Gen Zs and available hybrid options “we are ready for hybrids and they are going to be a hit in Indian market”.

Compared to its existing technology SHVS, IGS is better in every way.


  1. IEH can run on pure EV mode based on strong Li-ion battery pack and energy is fed to an electric motor for short distances with certain speed limit in low power demand situations.
Hybrid Car running on electric power

2. If more power is required the intelligent power unit automatically switches on the ICE and power is utilized from both the sources.

Hybrid Cars

TOYOTA: URBAN CRUISER HYRYDER Similarly, the Grand Vitara’s twin from Toyota is Urban Cruiser – Hyryder also uses the same hybrid technology.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder – Automovill

Now, as we are on par with the developed countries in terms of new car models acceptance, with available hybrid options “we are ready for hybrids and will be a hit in Indian market”.

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