Maruti Suzuki SHVS Ciaz and SHVS Ertiga sales cross one lakh units as the technology accounts for 60 percent of their total volume
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has officially announced that the cumulative sales of its Smart Hybrid vehicles, Ciaz SHVS and Ertiga SHVS, have gone past 1,00,000 units this month. The new feat goes on to prove the customers’ awareness in hybrid and electric mobility in the domestic market. The Indo-Japanese introduced India’s first Smart Hybrid Vehicle, Ciaz SHVS in September 2015 just 11 months after the standard sedan was launched in the market.
A month after incorporating the technology on the Ciaz, the diesel variant of Ertiga received the same system. The SHVS Ciaz and SHVS Ertiga comply with Government of India’s FAME scheme (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles) and the resultant relaxation in tax. Currently, SHVS equipped variants of Ciaz and Ertiga account for over 60 percent of their total volume.
Maruti Suzuki slashed prices of the Ciaz SHVS and Ertiga SHVS in May 2016 by up to Rs. 690,000 due to the excise duty reduction by the Delhi government under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan or NEMMP from 24% to 12.5%. Ciaz SHVS has a rated fuel economy of 28.09 kmpl which puts it on top of the mileage chart in India while Ertiga SHVS is claimed to return 24.52 kmpl – best-in-class efficiency in its category.
The three important features in the SHVS tech are Idle Start Stop that automatically stops the engine when in neutral and restarts at the dab of clutch, Engine Assist helping during acceleration and Brake Energy Regeneration that stores power in the battery for aiding the other two factors.
Through the years, Maruti Suzuki claims that it was able to reduce overall weighted average CO2 by over 15 percent due to improved technologies in conserving fuel. Currently, the company offers alternate fuel option in Alto 800, Alto K10, Celerio, WagonR, Eeco and Ertiga with i-GPI CNG engine technology. With the combined sales of over 6 lakh alternate fuel vehicles and 1 lakh SHVS cars, Maruti reports to have offset about 4 lakh tons of CO2 emissions.