Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) has announced that the company has commenced nation-wide fleet testing of Electric Vehicles as part of its plan to introduce them in India by 2020. If you remember, Toyota and Suzuki signed an MOU for the same in November 2017.
MSIL showcased a prototype EV at NITI Aayog’s Move Summit 2018 in Delhi. The EV that was showcased appears to be based on the new Wagon R that went on sale in Japan, last year. The company said that “these prototype EVs were developed on an existing model by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and manufactured at Maruti Suzuki Gurugram Plant in India, exclusively for fleet testing.”
By extensive real life usage testing of the EVs, MSIL aims to gather critical inputs based on customer perspectives, and develop any new technology if required, which will help create a reliable and suitable Electric Vehicle for Indian customers.
At the Auto Expo 2018 earlier this year, the company also showcased the e-Survivor Concept.
Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, MSIL said – “Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring Electric Vehicle in 2020. The testing in multiple terrains and climatic conditions will help us get valuable insights from real life driving conditions. With these tests, we are confident that our Electric Vehicle will be well accepted by our valued customers.”