Maruti Suzuki’s First All-electric Car To Be Launched By 2025
This fully electric vehicle could be an iteration of the WagonR
Pictured here: Futuro-e concept from 2020 Auto Expo
According to a report in Nikkei Asia, Maruti Suzuki’s parent brand, Suzuki, will launch its first all-electric vehicle by 2025. This vehicle will be launched in India first, followed by Japan and Europe. The report also states the EV will retail for around 1.5 million Japanese Yen, which roughly equates to a little over Rs 10 lakh.
From what we’ve seen so far, this electric vehicle could be an iteration of the WagonR. The WagonR EV has been spied in India for quite some time now. In fact, over the years, the test mules have even changed in shape, without any EV coming our way. Take a look at what the latest test mule looks like, over here.
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Suzuki is also setting up a battery plant in Gujarat, India, in partnership with Toshiba and Denso. The plant will be integral to aggressive pricing of the upcoming EV, as batteries are the most expensive part of an electric vehicle, and if imported, can attract heavy taxes. This plant is expected to be operational by September 2021, according to the report in Nikkei.
India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has previously spoken about its desire to enter the electric space, but it claims the lack of infrastructure makes EVs an unviable option at the moment. Meanwhile, the government has been ramping up its efforts to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, and by 2025, things could very well change.
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