Maruti Suzuki India plans to develop electric motors for its small cars in coming years

Maruti Suzuki India plans to develop electric motors for its small cars in coming years

In a recent announcement, Maruti Suzuki India’s Chairman RC Bhargava has said that the automaker plans to develop electric motors for its small-car portfolio in the next few years. The automaker’s small-car portfolio comprises the following cars: Alto, Wagon R, A-Star and Celerio.

The announcement by Bhargava implies that the bigwig Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki -- the local division of Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp. -- is evidently mulling the option of tapping a market which has immense potential for low-cost, environment-friendly vehicles.

According to Bhargava’s announcement, Maruti Suzuki will promote the sales of CNG (compressed natural gas) cars as a low-emissions alternative to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles. For fiscal 2020, the automaker’s targeted sales figure is 2 million cars; and, for fiscal 2025, it is targeting sales of 3 million cars.

With the objective of developing small electric cars for the Indian market, Suzuki collaborated with Toyota Motor Corp. in 2017. The collaboration between the two automakers was later extended to hybrid technology.

About Maruti Suzuki’s plans to electrify small cars, Bhargava drew attention to the fact that small cars -- below 4m in length -- account for 75% of car sales in India, and said: “Electrification of these cars, in the short term, has to be considered in terms of their affordability as well as the creation of the required charging infrastructure all over the country.”