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India becomes first market outside Germany to manufacture Mercedes EV



The country’s largest luxury automaker, Mercedes-Benz, unveiled its EQS 580 4MATIC electric vehicle on Saturday. With this, India became the first market outside of Germany to manufacture the EQS 580 4MATIC.

The EQS 580 4MATIC, which Merc claims is India’s longest-range electric vehicle, is a marvel of design and technology and sets a new benchmark in the luxury electric vehicle segment, according to a company press release. . The launch of the EQS 580 4MATIC also supports Mercedes-Benz’s global vision to achieve a climate-neutral car fleet in the foreseeable future. The local manufacturing of the EQS 580 4MATIC underscores Mercedes-Benz India’s global competencies achieved in flexible production at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that now produces series, Maybach, AMG and luxury electric vehicles all under one roof, he added. the press release.

Speaking on the occasion, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, said: “The EQS 580 4MATIC is our first locally made electric vehicle in India and will play a critical role in driving our ambitious electric vehicle plans for India. the market. It is a perfect blend of technology, luxury and safety, pioneering numerous technological features for our customers. India is the first country outside of Germany to manufacture the EQS 580 4MATIC, and this unique distinction supports Mercedes-Benz India’s deep customer commitment and long-term vision to develop the luxury electric vehicle market here.”

“The manufacturing of the EQS 580 4MATIC in India is a key milestone and a strong testament to our state-of-the-art manufacturing prowess and our commitment to the ‘Make in India’ vision. It reiterates our relentless focus on developing the local market, creating value for customers and introducing future-proof products, combining the best of luxury, technology and security. The ‘Made in India’ EQS sets a very high benchmark in the entire Indian auto market and combines luxury and technology like no other modern EV on the market,” he added.

Vyankatesh Kulkarni, CEO and COO of Mercedes-Benz India, said: “Launching the EQS in India as the first market outside of Germany is a very proud moment for our plant and confirms our commitment to ‘Make in India’. . . It highlights our manufacturing prowess and global competence in handling complex assembly processes for a sophisticated and technologically advanced product like the EQS.”

With a drag coefficient of 0.20, the luxury saloon is claimed to be the longest range electric vehicle in India with a range of 677 km (WLTP)/857 km (ARAI approved). The lithium-ion battery comes with a usable energy content of 107.8 kWh and is equipped with a 400-volt battery.

In terms of safety quotient, the EQS has a 5-star EURO NCAP rating and comes equipped with 9 airbags for customer safety. Like all other Mercedes, the EQS features a rigid cabin, special crumple zones and state-of-the-art restraint systems. PRE-SAFE® is standard.

Other features include rear-axle steering with 10° steering angle adjustment, HEPA filter, dynamic selection and predictive route planning. Sustainability in the EQS is enhanced through recycled and renewable raw materials, as well as the use of recycled steel, among other elements.

• Charge up to 300 km (WLTP) in just 15 minutes on a fast charging station

• MBUX Hyper Display – The most advanced infotainment display ever mounted in a production car, measuring 56 inches and coming as standard equipment

• Priority delivery for Mercedes-Benz customers

• Service interval of 2 years or 30,000 kms | Vehicle warranty at 3 years | 8 year/unlimited km battery warranty

• Service Ease Maintenance package price starts from INR 1 Lac

The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC is launched at a price of INR 1.55 crores (all India ex-showroom)

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Royal Bengal Tiger spotted in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh



A Royal Bengal tiger was spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh. The Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) confirmed the same on Saturday from video footage that captured the tiger moving in the forest.

The tiger was reportedly spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary located near Sambalpur’s Hirakud Dam. The tiger gender is male and it is an endangered species as its count is very low, reported Anshu Pragyan Das, DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division.

The DFO expressed his joy that after several years a tiger was seen in the sanctuary. The team is even trying to track down whether or not the tiger has any female partners. Security around the sanctuary has been tightened to restrict the entry of unauthorized persons or poachers.

“It was seen while venturing near the safari area of ​​the sanctuary on December 1 and patrol staff captured video of the tiger as it crossed a road. This is the first time a tiger has entered the front door,” the DFO reported.

The DFO also ensured that special security measures are taken to ensure the protection of the tiger. As reported by the DFO, 12 teams have been hired to monitor the tiger.

“In addition to hiring a special team to monitor the tiger 24 hours a day, GIS technicians have been hired. A special patrol team is also engaged outside the sanctuary with metal detectors. We are emphasizing a special intelligence network to track and restrict unauthorized entry into the sanctuary. Immediate action will be taken against any illegal activity, the DFO said.

He further added: “We have yet to determine if the tiger was previously present at the wildlife sanctuary or if it came from Chhattisgarh. Last time, a royal Bengal tiger was seen in Debrigarh in 2018. We will track down the details soon if it ventured from any other landscape or was present here.”

In addition, security cameras have been installed at various locations in the sanctuary to track the feral cat.

In particular, the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary spans Bargarh, near the Hirakud Dam, as well as the neighboring state. After 2018, not a single tiger was seen in the dense forest. The forestry department is on high alert as previous poachers remained quite active in the area.

Reported by Sanjay Jena (Sambalpur)

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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life



The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.

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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad



Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.

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