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New Maruti WagonR, Swift EV in the making – Plans to sell 15 lakh electric cars by 2030

Suzuki Motor Corporation Chairman, Osamu Suzuki, 88, has set high standards for electric vehicle sales in India by 2030. The company targets sales to the tune of 1.5 million (15 lakh) electric cars each year by 2030.

Maruti Suzuki’s parent, Suzuki hopes to achieve 50% market share in India for electric cars as well. (the company already has over 50% share in the passenger car segment as of today).

New WagonR electric on test in India? Images – Tushar Sethi

This new target is part of Suzuki’s plan for India to sell 50 lakh cars a year by 2030. Of this, they want 30% to come from their electric cars. This sales target of 15 lakh electric cars per annum would mean that Maruti Suzuki would have to continue to grow at the same pace in domestic market – which is a double digit growth. The company sold 1.64 million units sold in 2017.

As of now, Maruti Suzuki does not have a single electric car on offer in India. But, they have plans to launch their first electric car by 2020. This will be in the form of the new gen WagonR EV 5 and 7 seater based on the Suzuki Solio.

Apart from this, Maruti will also launch electric variants of their popular small cars like the Alto, Swift, Celerio and so on to achieve this high sales target. In addition to this, their recent tie-up with Toyota will prove useful as Toyota is a global leader in electric car technology.

The new electric car from Maruti Suzuki has been spied on test. The next generation WagonR will become the first ever electric car from the company and this same technology used in its development will go on to be used for a range of upcoming electric cars from the Japanese automaker. The electric car is being jointly developed by Suzuki and Toyota under an alliance. Production of these electric cars will take place from the company plant in Gujarat. The company also plans to install electric car charging stations.

Even as Tata Motors and Mahindra have already bagged orders for supply of electric vehicles to the Indian Government, there is a good chance that Maruti Suzuki will be the first automakers to produce electric cars with locally sourced components.

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