Car manufacturers likely to introduce electric cars ahead of expected time

Car manufacturers likely to introduce electric cars ahead of expected time
author image Nikhil Puthran
Monday 11 September 2017, 17:13 PM

Car manufacturers in India are compelled to draw early plans to introduce electric cars as the government wants the country to go all electric by 2030. Additionally, it is believed that the government is working on introducing new auto policy in the country which will include roadmap for electric vehicles. Owing to the collaborative efforts from the manufacturers and the government, the electric vehicle line-up might be introduced ahead of it expected timeline.

Currently, the country’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is setting up its Lithium Ion battery manufacturing facility at a cost of Rs 1,200 crores. OEM suppliers like Denso and Toshiba will be assisting the company in making components for its electric car project. Moreover, engine-maker Cummins India is researching on electric mobility solutions for India, while Hyundai Motors has also started coordinating with its suppliers for electric car components.

As a stern warning to the auto industry, Nitin Gadkari, road transport minister was quoted as saying, "Don't get confused about policy and rules, foray into electric bikes, buses and cars. I won't seek your suggestions over this. You have to diversify." It is also worth noting that although India ranks among one of the fastest-growing car markets in the world, the electric car sales is negligible in comparison to over 3 million petrol and diesel cars sold in the last fiscal year in India.

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