Maruti Suzuki India Limited has already announced its plans for introducing an electric vehicle into the Indian market by 2020 and for the same, the company will begin testing a fleet of 50 cars starting October this year.
The Electric Vehicle will be launched in partnership with Toyota Motor Corp., with whom Maruti Suzuki entered into a tie up with recently.
“We have decided to launch EVs in India around 2020 in cooperation with Toyota Motor Corporation. I am pleased to announce today that we will start road running tests using a fleet of 50 EV prototype vehicles in India from next month for developing safe and easy-to-use electric vehicles for Indian customers in line with Indian climatic and traffic conditions,” said Osamu Suzuki, chairman of the parent company, Suzuki Motor Corp.
The move is seen as a valuable insight for the Japanese carmaker in order to understand the road conditions and usage of the Electric Vehicles on Indian roads on a day-to-day basis.
Suzuki is setting up a battery manufacturing plant in joint collaboration with Toshiba and Denso Corporations at an estimated cost of ₹1,152 crore in Gujarat. The battery produced from the Gujarat plant will also be used for electric two-wheelers to be introduced by Suzuki in India in the near future.
Going by the overall investment, it seems logical that two Japanese carmakers will join forces and try to tap into the Indian market in the EV sector, thereby setting a benchmark for other carmakers to follow. When Maruti Suzuki came up with the iconic 800, it ruled the Indian automotive market for over 2 decades. With a similar goal in mind, MSIL will try to do the same in the EV segment.