Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co are expected to disclose new details of their electric vehicle strategies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, highlighting efforts to stoke consumer enthusiasm for battery-powered cars to match growing regulatory demands to build them.Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen brand, is expected to reveal at CES on Tuesday a prototype electric vehicle offering “affordable long-distance electric mobility,” the company said. VW watchers expect it will be a variant of a microbus – linking the German automaker’s plans to launch 20 battery-powered or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020 to a beloved model from the past.ALSO READ: Electric Vehicles deal worth 12 billion dollar signed in ChinaVW’s redoubled bet on electrification is part of an effort to repair damage done by revelations that it sold millions of diesel vehicles worldwide that used software to cheat emissions tests and run dirty on the road.GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, scheduled to give a CES address on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to promote GM’s vehicle electrification efforts. Barra is expected to show a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which GM has said will offer a 200-mile (320-km)range and sell alongside a new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid starting next year.However, beyond technology enthusiasts represented by CES attendees, demand for hybrid and electric vehicles is slumping thanks to cheap gasoline.US sales of hybrid and all plug-in electric vehicles through the first 11 months of 2015 totalled 452,338, down 16 percent from the same period in 2014, according to data reported by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a trade group. Plug-in vehicles accounted for less than 1 percent of the market during the first 11 months of 2015.advertisementStill, regulators around the world are pushing manufacturers to sell more electric cars to curb greenhouse emissions. California and several other US states want automakers to hit certain electric vehicle sales quotas or risk restrictions on more profitable trucks and sport utility vehicles. Cities in Europe and Asia are considering limiting petroleum-powered vehicle access.ALSO READ:Aston Martin, Letv partner for developing electric vehiclesChina’s interest in electric cars is encouraging Chinese investor groups to back challengers to global automakers and Silicon Valley’s Tesla Motors Inc. One of them, Faraday Future, said it will reveal its electric luxury car at CES on Monday evening. Faraday says it has plans to invest $1 billion in a factory near Las Vegas.
Gautam Buddh Nagar police have raised a special unit equipped with modern gadgets such as body-mounted cameras and utility belts tied to the uniforms of its members, who will move across the district on motorbikes in search of miscreants.The Noida Patrol Unit (NPU) has been raised to curb street crimes in the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida, lying on the border of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana. The cities have struggled to curb street crimes like snatching of mobile phones and jewellery.Under the first-of-its-kind initiative, the patrol unit has been given 60 motorbikes and a constable and a sub-inspector will be on each of these bikes.The NPU members have a full navy-blue uniform on which the body cameras are mounted and the motorcycles are fitted with GPS. They have special utility belts which will help them in holding firearms, baton and wireless communication system.The force will sport special black shoes and helmets bearing a logo of the NPU.Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna, who flagged off the NPU on Sunday, said these patrolling units have been formed as part of an experiment and they have been equipped with latest electronic gadgets to curb crime in the district.”The main objective of this NPU is to prevent crimes like snatching/robbery etc. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state and is based on PPP model,” he said.”The button for the wireless set has been mounted on the chest area of the uniform and could be operated easily and swiftly,” he said.advertisementThe fibre-made baton will be used instead of traditional batons or wooden rods. These reflective batons have multiple colour lights which can be used even in the dark for various purposes,” he said.The constables and sub-inspectors included in the squad are undergoing tactical training on dealing with impromptu situations of law and order, public interaction.”They are being trained to identify suspicious elements, check them. At times, policemen get surrounded by mobs in public places, they are being trained to deal with such situations and also how to prevent crime, and raise awareness among public on checking crime,” the SSP said.The NPU personnel have been equipped with the uniform, special belt, GPS and camera systems under the public-private partnership, he said.