Maruti Suzuki plans to launch six brand-new electric vehicles in the Indian market by 2030-2031, signalling a shift towards electric mobility
Maruti Suzuki, India’s leading car manufacturer, officially announced its ambitious plans to introduce six electric vehicles (EVs) in the country during the launch of the new Invicto. The move marks a significant shift for the company, which has primarily focused on petrol and CNG-compatible engines in its existing lineup.
The electric four-wheeler market in India is currently dominated by Tata Motors, thanks largely to the extremely popular Nexon EV. Maruti Suzuki is determined to capture a large piece of the pie, with its upcoming EVs spanning different segments. At the budget end of the spectrum will be the electric version of the popular WagonR, which has been spotted during testing.
The eVX concept, showcased at the Auto Expo 2023, will likely arrive as a midsize electric SUV that will rub shoulders with Tata Nexon EV and Mahindra XUV400. Previous statements from the company suggested that it would feature a 60 kWh battery pack, potentially offering a range of around 550 kilometres on a single charge.
The manufacturer’s official presentation showed four more electric vehicles in the dark. These seemed to be the electric version of the Baleno, Fronx, Grand Vitara, and Jimny. We expect more details to be revealed in the near future. However, an EV version of the Jimny does seem extremely interesting, especially considering that Maruti Suzuki believes that the ICE-powered Jimny would be a niche product in our market.
Maruti Suzuki has been aggressive with its product launches in recent years, and this electric vehicle offensive takes the same path. The company has expanded its SUV portfolio rapidly, with models like the new-generation Brezza, Grand Vitara, Fronx, and Jimny. With the addition of EVs, the Indo-Japanese carmaker will expand its customer base to eco-conscious shoppers as well.
To support its future growth and production capacity, Maruti Suzuki has begun the construction of a new manufacturing plant in Kharkhoda. By 2025, the facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of 250,000 units, with a long-term goal of reaching 1 million units per year.