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Electric vehicles

EVs need charging infra to run: This e-mobility startup got the basics right. The government hasn’t.

India’s electric-vehicle plans have the most important piece missing — charging infrastructure. The government hasn’t come up with a concrete plan on this. In a five-part series, ET Prime explores various pieces of this jigsaw — issues relating to public charging; parking; battery swapping; and whether buses can go electric in a big way. The first instalment features four-year-old SmartE, which seems to have answers to many of the problems.

Strategy

TUV, KUV, but whither customer LUV? Why M&M desperately needs to up its compact SUV game

With the launch of the Scorpio in 2002, M&M delivered an SUV that you could proudly drive to work. But now, Hyundai Creta et al have snatched away that coolness quotient. The KUV 100, M&M's big mini SUV bet, failed, and the TUV 300 was just an average performer. The company recently rolled out the XUV 300 to make up for these misses and build on the success of the XUV 500. As the compact SUV space heats up, M&M needs far greater agility to stay relevant.

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