Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Economic Analysis 2018: Insights From AZ, CA, HI and MA

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The economics of solar-plus-storage are changing. This report explores several key cases of utilities that are introducing new rate structures which radically alter the case for solar-plus-storage, though they do not necessarily make this configuration a better choice than solar alone. The results of GTM Research’s analysis reveal an interesting picture for a market in transition, where in some cases solar-plus-storage is nearing competitiveness with solar-only, while in others, solar-plus-storage remains far from economical.

The report examines the key markets of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Massachusetts, which are in the process of rate reform and thus merit study to understand the economic case for solar-plus-storage. It also presents a discussion and economic results for several utilities in these markets.

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Upcoming Cars In 2018

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If you thought 2017 was an exciting year for the automotive industry, well you’ll be surprised at what 2018 has to offer. The year is going to start off with a bang with a whole bunch of launches coming out way as we gear up for the Auto Expo. Of course, the rest of the year has more in stored. We take a look at what cars to expect in 2018 so that you can start saving for your favourite car right away.

Here’s A List Of All The Cars That Will Launch In 2018

Lamborghini Urus

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The Urus is the fastest most powerful SUV in the world

Just 38 days after its global reveal, Lamborghini will launch the SUV in India on January 11. The Urus straddles the worlds of the SUV, coupé-crossover, sports car and even the luxury car. It’s the fastest SUV in the world and can go from 0 to 100 kilomteres per hour in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 kmph. We expect it to be priced above ₹ 3.5 crore.

Launch: January 11, 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 3.5 crore

Audi Q5

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The Audi Q5 looks better than before with the chiseled look

The new generation of the Q5 will hit the Indian shores on January 18 and it gets an updated look and sharper features. The Q5 also comes with a beefy front bumper with large air intakes for increased airflow. We expect the Q5 to come with the 2 litre diesel motor and the petrol too will soon follow. The 2018 Audi Q5 is based on the flexible MLB Evo platform and mimics the design of the larger Q7.

Also Read: New-Gen Audi Q5 Launch Details Out

The new SUV is lighter by a good 100 kg over the predecessor and has also grown in dimensions sporting a longer wheelbase and height. The design is sharper with cleaner lines on the Q5. There’s the new single-frame grille with Matrix LED headlamps and a sporty bonnet. The rear sports LED taillights, a roof mounted spoiler and a new bumper with a rear diffuser. The Q5 will rival the likes of the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX 300h.

Launch: January 18, 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 50 lakh- ₹ 60 lakh

Datsun redi-GO AMT

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The AMT will only be available with the powerful 1-litre engine

Datsun will launch the automated manual transmission variant of the redi-GOin january and this will add to the variant line-up of the car. We’ll see no cosmetic changes as such and the AMT will be the same as the one in the Kwid. It will all come down to how the gearbox has been calibrated to the engine. We expect it to be pricier by 25 to 30 thousand rupees than the current 1 litre variant.

Launch: January 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 4 lakh

New Generation Maruti Suzuki Swift

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The new Swift is lighter and more agile than before

It’s the most anticipated of launches in India and Maruti Suzuki is all set to usher in the new generation of the Swift with much fanfare. The new generation of the Swift is based on the all-new HEARTECT platform, which is lighter and more rigid than the current version. We don’t expect any changes in terms of the engines on offer, but the 1 litre boosterjet will see the addition of an RS model which will be sportier and more powerful.

Also Read: 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid Spotted In India

We expect it to be made available in both manual transmission and an AMT right from its launch. Maruti Suzuki will showcase the car at the Auto Expo and will launch the car soon after.

Expected Launch: February 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 5.5 lakh – ₹ 7.5 lakh

 

Mahindra MPV

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The Mahindra MPV will be a 7 seater

Mahindra has had a good run with its MPVs, especially the Xylo, but it’s time to move on. The new MPV will be a seven seater and is likely to get a monocoque construction. While it’s still too early for us to give you any more details, we expect the car to launch by March 2018.

Expected Launch: March 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 8 lakh onwards

Lexus LS 500h

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The LS 500h will be the fourth hybrid car from Lexus in India

Lexus will introduce its flagship sedan, the LS 500h,  in a single hybrid form. The BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class competitor will come powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors that make a combined 354hp. Power is channeled through an e-CVT transmission, and for India, it’ll only be offered in rear-wheel-drive form. Expect prices to be upwards of Rs 1.5 crore

Launch: January 15, 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 1.5 crore

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift still is the benchmark in its segment

Mercedes-Benz will be launching the S-Class facelift in February 2018 during the Auto Expo. The company’s flagship model is produced at the Chakan facility in Pune which is the only plant outside of Europe that produces the S-Class. The new S-Class in India will have a range of new inline 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engines along with a range topping twin-turbo V8. The car has been thoroughly updated on the inside and gets a new, larger touchscreen infotainment system and also is more luxurious. How do we know this? Well, we’ve driven it of course! We expect prices to breach the ₹ 1 crore mark.

Expected Launch: February 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 1 crore onwards

Volvo XC40

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The Volvo XC40 is based on the new CMA platform

Volvo will launch its most affordable and smallest SUV in India by mid-2018. XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new Compact Modular Architecture which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including fully electrified vehicles. The XC40 will go up against the likes of the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. In terms of safety, the Volvo XC40 gets pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle and large animal detection with emergency autobrake, Pilot Assist and Run-off Road protection.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About The Volvo XC40

It also gets wireless QI mobile phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity, 9-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen and a dedicated cell phone storage space. From the start the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo’s new 3-cylinder engine.

Expected Launch: Mid-2018

Expected Price: ₹ 45 lakh

 

Hyundai Santro

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The Santro will go up against the likes of the Tiago, Celerio, Kwid and redi-GO

Hyundai is gearing up to revive the Santro nameplate with an all-new car. There is a chance that we’ll see the car at the 2018 Auto Expo in February and a launch soon after. Upon launch, it will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid, and Tata Tiago. We expect to see a 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engine options, possibly the same petrol mills that the i10 used to offer. Transmission duties to be carried out by a 5-Speed manual gearbox and Hyundai might also consider offering an AMT option, seeing the growing demand for an automatic option in entry-level cars in India.

Expected Launch: Mid-2018

Expected Price: ₹ 4 lakh – ₹ 6 lakh

Ford Figo/Aspire Facelift

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The Ford Figo and Aspire will get subtle updates this year

The Ford Figo hatchback and Aspire sub-compact sedan are due for a mid-life cycle in 2018. Ford India is already testing the updated models that will get design tweaks along with an updated cabin. Expect to see a new touchscreen infotainment system; while making its way under the hood will be the newly developed 1.5-litre petrol engine from the EcoSport facelift. The 1.5 litre TDCI diesel will continue to do duty on the models.

Expected Launch: March 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 5 lakh – ₹ 8 lakh

New Generation Honda Amaze

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The Amaze will sport a wider and roomier cabin along with updated features

Honda plans to launch six models over the next three years, and will kick-star this line-up with the second generation Amaze. The sub-compact sedan will receive a complete revamp and will be a lot more premium and upmarket. The new Amaze will sport a wider and roomier cabin, along with new equipment and better quality materials. The new generation Amaze will continue with the same platform while the 1.2 -litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines will see revisions for more power and fuel economy.

Expected Launch: Second half 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 6 lakh – ₹ 8 lakh

BMW M5

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The M5 will come to India as a CBU

BMW will bring its performance-spec M5 super sedan to India in 2018. The sedan will be launched at the 2018 Auto Expo and will be the range-topping version of the 5 Series to go on sale. The sixth generation BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4 litre bi-turbo V8 engine that produces about 600 bhp and 750 Nm of peak torque, and is the first M5 to get all-wheel drive. Arriving as a CBU, the M5 will cost north of 1 crore rupees in India.

Expected Launch: February 2018

Expected Price: ₹ 1 crore onwards

Hyundai i20 Facelift

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The Hyundai i20 will come with design tweaks to match the company’s global design language

Hyundai has been testing the i20 facelift for a while now, and the updated premium hatchback will go on sale in 2018. The refreshed model will get styling tweaks in-line with Hyundai’s global design language, and will sport a larger grille, revised headlamps and tweaked taillights. The cabin too will get updates including a touchscreen system with connectivity options like Apple Carplay and android auto. Engine options will remain the same on the i20 facelift, albeit with better fuel efficiency.

Expected Launch: Mid-2018

Expected Price: ₹ 5.5 lakh – 8.5 lakh

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Auto Expo 2018: New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift To Launch In India Next Month

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The 2018 Maruti Suzuki will debut in India on February 7, 2018

Maruti Suzuki is all set to debut the third generation of the Swift in India and we’ll first see the car in the flesh at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has officially begun bookings for the car and the dealers all across the country have started accepting it at a booking amount of ₹ 11,000. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be launched at the expo and deliveries will begin post that pan India. We spoke to a few dealers though who confirmed saying that it s likely that the car will carry a waiting period of 3 to 4 months from the start.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on a new platform and is lighter too)

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has dominated the hatchback segment and the new generation promises nothing different. The first two generations have been dominant in the compact hatchback segment ever since 2005 and it has always been on the list of top ten cars sold every month since then. Maruti Suzuki says that it has sold more than 5.8 million Swifts globally. The new generation, then, has big shoes to fill in and Maruti Suzuki isn’t holding out on making this one a cracker of a car.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift boasts a brand new design, but the infotainment system is familiar)

The new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a brand new design, and it’s an all new design language as well, which enhances the looks of the car. The new Swift is based on the 5th generation of the HEARTECT platform and it has grown in terms of dimensions. The 2018 Swift is wider (up by 40mm) at 1735 mm, has a longer wheelbase which has gone up by 20 mm at 2450 mm and is shorter than its predecessor by 10 mm (yes you read that right). Having said all of that, Maruti Suzuki says that the cabin of the new Swift boasts of better leg, knee and head room at the rear.

The new Swift also gets a major design and styling overhaul with new bold single-frame grille flanked by the bug-like headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights. The car also gets new sportier alloys, a floating-style roof design with blackened B-pillar, and new front and rear bumper. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will also get an extensively updated cabin similar to the Dzire with a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s also a new infotainment system which comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will get an AMT option as well)

Commenting on the all-new Swift, RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India said, “We will take the excitement to a new height with the all-new Swift. The all-new Swift with its distinctive design, advanced technology, uplifting performance and enduring driver experience will bring disruption in the premium hatchback segment. In its newest avatar, the Swift undergoes a bold transformation to meet the aspiration of young and ever changing customer. We are delighted to open bookings for the all-new Swift and look forward to a grand launch at the Auto Expo 2018.”

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will continue using the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The 2018 Swift will be now available with a manual as well as an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). There will be a primary of 4 variants on offer in both petrol and diesel – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. The AGS will be only available in the VXi and ZXi variants in both fuel types. The company is also bringing in a host of new colours and there will be a total of six on offer. The Prime Lucent Orange is the new colour on offer on the Swift.

There’s good amount of boot space too with 268 litres of space which is an improvement of 58 litres over its predecessor.

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Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas teases MWC 2018 developments
  • The company is expected to launch new models
  • Nokia 1, Nokia 9, Nokia 3310 4G likely to get some attraction

After grabbing eyeballs at its last outing in Barcelona, HMD Global is now all set to make another splash this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, a senior executive teased. The company launched the nostalgic Nokia 3310 and showcased the first troopers from its army of Android smartphones at MWC 2017. And for the forthcoming convention, it is already rumoured to have a bunch of developments, including the Nokia 9 flagship as well as the Android Oreo (Go edition) based Nokia 1.

HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Thursday used his Twitter account to tease the launches planned for the MWC 2018. “Sorry for radio silence. Been super busy planning #MWC2018. Please expect it to be awesome [sic],” Sarvikas tweeted. The executive didn’t define the developments that will be showcased at the forthcoming MWC. However, some recent reports have enough material to help us understand what all will be available from the ever-green Nokia portfolio.

The Nokia family in 2018 is expected to get a list of new members, including the Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 (2018), and Nokia 9. Alongside these new Nokia smartphone models, the Finnish company is rumoured to be developing a Nokia 3310 4G variant that recently emerged on TENAA certification sitewith Android-based YunOS. The 2018 lineup notably received the Nokia 6 (2018) as the first member.

Amongst all the new Nokia models, the Nokia 9 is expected to be the show-stopper. The smartphone is already rumoured to have top-notch specifications and features such as a dual selfie camera setup and a thin-bezel display. If we believe the ongoing rumours, the Nokia 9 will come in multiple variants and sport a 5.5-inch OLED display as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is also reported to have 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 3250mAh battery with fast charging support. Besides, the smartphone is likely to come with up to 128GB onboard storage and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

In addition to the Nokia 9, we can safely speculate the Nokia 1 as the new sales-driver for HMD Global. The smartphone, which is rumoured to be one of the first Android Go smartphones, will purportedly feature an HD IPS display, 1GB RAM, and 8GB onboard storage. Despite usual, entry-level specifications, the Android Go presence on the Nokia 1 would make it a distinct option in the market. It is like to have lightweight apps such as Google Maps Go, Files Go, and Google Go among others. Further, the smartphone is rumoured to go on sale in Russia at RUB 5,990 (approximately Rs. 6,750).

We need to wait for some more time to understand what all would be from the side of HMD Global. In the meantime, the company has already registered itself as an MWC exhibitor to hint some big announcements.

[“Source-ndtv”]