The 2023 Auto Expo marks the return of Asia’s largest motor show after a two-year hiatus. From being underdogs to standing toe-to-toe with ICE OEMs, EVs have come a long way, and this year, there will be several different EV manufacturers at the show. Also in attendance will be the entire AARI (Adishwar Auto Ride Pvt. Ltd.) group, consisting of newcomers to the Indian ICE marketplace. Let’s take a closer look at what each manufacturer will reveal, or launch, at the show.
EV brands at Auto Expo 2023
1. Matter Energy
Ahmedabad-based Matter Energy will launch its maiden offering at the Auto Expo 2023. The Matter Energy e-bike brings in a number of firsts in the electric bike realm, such as a 4-speed gearbox and a liquid-cooled battery pack. The (as yet unnamed) Matter e-bike will be offered in three variants, with deliveries slated to begin in April 2023.
For more details on the Matter e-bike, click here.
2. Ultraviolette Automotive
Ultraviolette Automotive is a Bengaluru-based start-up, which will showcase its F77 electric bike at Auto Expo 2023, which is currently the most expensive battery-powered two-wheeler on sale in India. The Ultraviolette F77 made its public debut just over a month ago and is offered in two variants – Original and Recon, and they have a claimed IDC range of 207km and 307km, respectively. The former will set you back by Rs 3.80 lakh, with the latter commanding Rs 4.55 lakh. Additionally, a Ultraviolette also offered a limited edition variant of the F77, priced at Rs 5.5 lakh, and all 77 units have already sold out.
To read more about the F77, click here.
3. Tork Motors
Tork Motors is gearing up to showcase an all-new electric bike at the Auto Expo 2023, which might be a cost-effective model serving as the entry point to the brand’s line-up. Alongside it, Tork will also be showcasing the updated Kratos R e-bike, although it will only differ visually.
For more details on Tork’s upcoming bikes click here.
4. LML Emotion
LML is a brand that’ll be making its resurgence in an electric avatar. Following trademark filings of its products, LML unveiled the Star e-scooter and Moonshot e-bike concepts a few months ago. The Star is a maxi-style electric concept and its sporty styling hints that it might be a performance-oriented product. The Moonshot is a quirky-looking thing, which has a whiff of supermoto to it. It features pedal assistance and a removable battery pack.
For the full details on all LML products, click here.
Other EV makers of note that will also be present include Okinawa Autotech, Ampere Mobility, Gravton Motors and Jitendra New EV Tech Ltd, among others.
ICE brands at Auto Expo 2023
1.Benelli, Keeway and MBP
At Auto Expo 2023, European-origin Chinese-owned brands like Benelli, Keeway and MBP (Moto Bologna Passione) will be in attendance. While Benelli has had a presence in India for a while, Keeway has only just entered the market. Keeway currently retails seven products in India, including motorcycles and scooters, and it will be launching its eighth product, the SR250, at the Auto Expo. Meanwhile, the MBP brand will be making its India debut at the Auto Expo, with its maiden product being a mid-capacity naked bike, the M502N.
2. Moto Vault - Zontes, Moto Morini and QJMotor
Moto Vault, which currently retails motorcycles from the Zontes, Moto Morini and QJMotor brands, will also be present at the Auto Expo 2023. Much like Benelli, Keeway and MBP, Moto Vault falls under the umbrella of Adishwar Auto Ride India Pvt Ltd (AARI). While no new launches have been confirmed, expect Moto Vault to showcase multiple products from all three of its brands at Auto Expo.
Brands not present at Auto Expo 2023
In terms of mainstream EV manufacturers, market leaders like Ola Electric, Ather Energy, TVS (with the iQube) and Bajaj (with the Chetak) will give the Auto Expo 2023 a skip.
ICE two-wheeler market leaders like Hero, Honda, Suzuki, Royal Enfield and Yamaha will not be present at the Auto Expo 2023. Following suit will be international brands such as Ducati, Harley-Davidson, BMW Motorrad, Kawasaki and the Piaggio group.