MUMBAI: Kinetic chairman Arun Firodia, who saw an opportunity at the bottomof-the-pyramid long before the phrase became a catchword and launched the moped Luna, now plans to launch a project that would bring power to villages. The plan entails starting a two micro-electric plants at villages with a population of over 2,000.

Diesel cars may become costlier by Rs 1.8 lakh.

Currently, one of the main reasons for the high popularity of diesel cars is that the fuel is cheaper, which translates into low running costs.

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The TVS group, a leading brand in the automotive industry, is set to create its brand in

Honda Motor Co will maintain the target for lease sales of its newest fuel-cell car after over a year since its launch despite the challenge of boosting productivity, the model's chief engineer said.

Lithium-ion batteries have a limited number of charge cycles in electric vehicles, but once a car's battery pack goes kaput, it can be recycled or find new life in less demanding applications - storing renewable energy generated during off-peak hours, for example. At least that's the theory.

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Aug. 28: Despite the government making the use of LPG and CNG in public vehicles in major cities mandatory, autogas companies are facing hurdles in getting the necessary approvals for setting up gas stations, said Mr S.M. Antony Thomas, the CEO of Indian Autogas Company Ltd (IACL).

Toyota Motor Corp will buy hybrid-car batteries from Sanyo Electric Co, a source familiar with the matter said, as the automaker struggles to meet growing demand for the fuel-sipping vehicles due to a shortage of battery supply.

Seeking to put the nation back in the lead on an important technology, the Obama administration awarded more than $2 billion in grants on Wednesday for manufacturing advanced batteries and other components for electric cars.

Companies working with Ford Motor Co (F.N), Chrysler Group and General Motors Corp [GM.UL] received more than $600 million on Wednesday to further development of batteries for hybrids and electric cars.

The awards were part of $2.4 billion in grants being announced by the Obama administration as part of its "green" economy vision and efforts to enhance U.S. energy independence.