Maruti Suzuki showcases its First Electric vehicle in India, production car to arrive by 2020
Maruti Suzuki has made a big announcement with the unveiling of its first ever Electric vehicle at the ongoing MOVE Summit in New Delhi. The car unveiled is said to be a prototype with the production version coming in April 2020.
The prototype is based on the Japanese spec Waganor that was on sale since January 2017. The EV prototype doesn’t look radically different from the standard car, with elements like the grille and air dam making it to the EV. It also sports a different B-pillar and EV graphics all over the car.
The testing of the vehicles will help gain crucial feedback based on customer perspectives, thus helping in creating at reliable and suitable Electric vehicle to delight Indian customers. The real life usage of vehicles will help in validation and development of the new technology.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring Electric Vehicles in 2020. The testing in multiple terrains and climatic conditions will help us get valuable insights from real life driving conditions. With these tests, we are confident that our Electric Vehicle will be well accepted by our valued customers.”
The Electric vehicle has been developed on an existing model by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurugram facility exclusively for testing. Post its launch in the Indian market, the car maker is also believed to share the model with Toyota in the future.