Suzuki’s electric two-wheeler project is underway for India and its launch timeline will depend on the EV policies to be implemented by the government
The central government sent shock waves across the two-wheeler industry with the reported proposal stating that by the year 2025 all bikes and scooters of up to 150 cc engine capacity won’t be allowed on sale as switching to the electric drivetrain is of major priority in India. Several top honchos including Bajaj Auto’s Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj and TVS Motor Company’s Chairman Venu Srinivasan announced their displeasure over the proposal. Whether it will be implemented or not is subjected to discussions but it’s undeniable that the future is electric. Range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure as well as localising battery related components could be major hurdles. But, behind the curtain, two-wheeler manufacturers are putting in the work as the arrival of start-ups such as Ather Energy and Revolt would have given a wakeup call in the yet unexplored electric space. A recent report surfaced on the internet shows that Suzuki is developing a fully-electrified two-wheeler for the domestic market. It was confirmed by Devashish Handa, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and After Sales at Suzuki Motorcycle India without going much into the details. Speculations regarding Suzuki’s EV push have been there for several months and the green-lit project may as well be a scooter instead of a motorcycle. It could be specific for the Indian market and based on a global architecture of the Japanese brand. It was said previously that the performance of the e-scooter could be similar to the IC-engined 110-125 cc scooters. Moreover, Suzuki is expected to focus on lithium-ion battery technology and the basic core module of battery and electric motor could be shared across global platforms. It appears that Suzuki, just as other companies, is waiting for concrete plans from the Indian Government and the launch timeline of its first electric two-wheeler could be based on it.