Sep 10: The partnership of Suzuki and Toyota is finally bearing fruits. At the Global Mobility Summit going on in New Delhi, Suzuki Motor Corporation chairman Osamu Suzuki revealed that it would soon start testing of 50 prototypes of electric vehicles in India.
Suzuki had set eyes on EVs even before it joined hands with Toyota. However, the manufacturer had been sluggish in terms of progress in achieving its target, and it’s with the new partnership that things appear to be more promising.
Under the partnership, Suzuki and Toyota will be developing small electric vehicles for the Indian market. A prototype of the EV from Suzuki was also revealed at the summit. The model was based on the new-gen Wagon R that is being sold in Suzuki’s home market.
The EV will be the first ever all-electric vehicle in the market from Suzuki, which had until now rolled out only hybrid models in India. The vehicle will be hitting the stores by 2020. The model features various changes over the regular variant of Wagon R to sync with the traits of an EV.
Road test of the new model is expected to commence by next month. Suzuki will be making use of its own lithium-ion battery production to feed its line of EVs. Suzuki is working in tandem with Toshiba and Denso to tweak the battery parameters as per the requirements.
Apart from EVs, the partnership between Suzuki and Toyota will also bring out hybrid vehicles. The $1.5 billion net infusion of funds by Suzuki is likely to be evenly utilized for developing electric and hybrid vehicles in India.