Toyota signed MoU with Andhra Pradesh government to roll out plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in Amravati smart city
Toyota is changing its EV strategy for Indian market. The Japanese auto giant has signed MoU with Andhra Pradesh government to introduce plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in the state. The state government is aiming to introduce electrified mobility in its smart city Amravati. In that case, Toyota will find an opportunity to conduct the feasibility study for the electric vehicles in the country that will help the brand in future.
Earlier, Toyota announced that it won’t launch electric vehicles in India as the country doesn’t have desired charging infrastructure. But, now the auto manufacturer believes the charging infrastructure in the country is improving and it will be able to support plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is why the automaker wants to launch the plug-in hybrid and small sized pure electric vehicles in Amravati as pilot project.
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This comes as part of the brand’s Environment Challenge 2050 that the company proposed back in 2015. Toyota has been known as the pioneer in the hybrid powertrain technology in domestic market. Its Camry hybrid has seen pretty good response from the Indian buyers.
While several global auto manufacturers are thriving towards zero emission pure electric mobility, Toyota too wants to grab a sizeable share in the world EV market. The Japanese auto major has already formed a new wing dedicated for electric powertrain technology and it has tied up with Suzuki for global market focusing EV tech.
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India being one of the major global markets and having a huge potential for electric vehicles in near future, Toyota aims to grab a large share here. The Indian government has already cleared that it wants to introduce zero emission pure electric mobility across the country by 2030 under its Mission EV 2030 plan. Launching the EVs in Andhra Pradesh under its pilot project will give Toyota a chance to assess the situation and move further.