As part of a pilot project, India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki will provide hybrid variants of their Swift hatchback to Indian government. Seen at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo in February, Swift Range Extender features a conventional petrol engine, and an electric motor. The petrol engine is in the form of a Suzuki Japan sourced 658 cc inline-three cylinder, whereas the electric motor is of 55kW capacity, powered by a 5 kWh lithium ion battery.
Due to the use of the battery, overall weight is increased by about 130 kgs. Official ARAI mileage results are yet to be revealed, but Maruti internal results stand at 48.2 kmpl when in hybrid mode. When running in complete electric mode, the car will have a range of 25.2 kms.
The project will be implemented this fiscal, during which Maruti Suzuki will supply undisclosed number of these Swift hybrid cars to the Indian government. More details are scheduled to be revealed over the next quarter.
Source Autocar Professional