Toyota-Suzuki Plans To Introduce A Power-Packed Battery Electric Vehicle In India
Japanese auto major Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in collaboration with Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has planned to bring a compact battery electric vehicle (BEVs) in the Indian market.
Regarding the new initiative, Shigeki Terashi, Executive Vice-President, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), stated, “India is, of course, one of the countries we have in mind for introducing battery-electric cars. Toyota is large in Japan but has a limited presence in India. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki has a huge presence in India. With Suzuki, we will explore the possibilities of BEVs (in India)”.
He further remarked that the duo will look at launching a compact battery-electric vehicle in the country at an early stage without specifying details. “We will start with a compact BEV at an early stage. Since we are working on it with Suzuki, I cannot share the timeline”, stated Terashi.
In the year 2017, Toyota-Suzuki had made a final agreement to manufacture and sell electric vehicles in India by the turn of the decade. As per the memorandum of understanding, Toyota was dedicated to providing the technical know-how for the project while Suzuki concentrated on manufacturing the vehicles for the Indian market and also supply some to Toyota.
Suzuki has developed an electric version of a small car WagonR. The company has been testing a fleet of 50 such vehicles on Indian roads but has informed that the price associated with the technology will make it unviable for a commercial launch for personal buyers.
Maruti Suzuki Managing Director Kenichi Ayukawa already informed earlier that the electric version of the WagonR will be priced around Rs 12 lakh and that vehicle will be used in commercial fleet operations.
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