Last month Denso and Toyota had officially announced providing the technical assistance to Suzuki for developing a “compact, ultrahigh-efficient powertrain”
It has been speculated recently that Maruti Suzuki’s first electric vehicle in India will be based on the next generation WagonR and it is scheduled to arrive by the end of this decade. Amidst the rumour, a fresh media report says the largest automaker in the country will manufacture as much as 35,000 zero-emission vehicles in financial year 2020-21.
The industry’s transformation from producing conventional IC-engined vehicles to environmental friendly products will be a gradual process. While manufacturers like Mahindra and Tata showing signs of their promising EV developments, Maruti Suzuki is taking the giant leap forward a little later but the cooperation with Toyota is proving to be interesting nevertheless.
Maruti Suzuki is trying to affordably price the electrified WagonR and that involves high localisation. It appears to have not confirmed the production location yet but Suzuki’s Lithium-ion battery facility in Gujarat will play a pivotal role in supplying the necessary components and it could act as a complete manufacturing for the WagonR EV as well.
Last month Denso and Toyota had officially announced providing the technical assistance to Suzuki for developing a “compact, ultrahigh-efficient powertrain”. Citing sources, the report emerged on LiveMint says a target of 30,000 to 35,000 electric vehicles will be produced annually from FY2021.
With electric WagonR hoped to be the first eco-friendly from Maruti Suzuki, we can expect major share of the production number to be the hatchback. It will understandably cost more than the existing WagonR but the electric powertrain details remain the shadows for now. We can expect Maruti Suzuki to offer a long range battery pack as mileage has been a key selling factor for the brand.