Maruti Hybrid cars will use full hybrid technology in near future, which will increase fuel efficiency by up to 30%. The technology comes as a part of Suzuki-Toyota collaboration.
We all know that Maruti Suzuki is working towards the development of hybrid and electric technologies for its future lineup. It has already started testing its first EV in India.
In a recent interview to Livemint, RC Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki stated that Maruti Suzuki plans to introduce a strong hybrid technology in India. The new Maruti hybrid cars would see an increase in fuel efficiency by 30%.
Suzuki and Toyota have agreed for a partnership, in which they are going to share the development of electric and hybrid powertrains. Also, under which, they will be selling rebadged versions of certain models through their own dealerships.
In this partnership, Maruti is borrowing Toyota’s technological expertise in hybrid and electric powertrains, which it uses in its global models. Maruti Suzuki will then retune the technology as per the needs of its own engines.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki plans to launch an all-hybrid car in India. It has already finalized on the localized parts and is preparing to open the lithium-ion battery plant in Gujarat, jointly with Toyota. The development is in the process and we expect a launch post-2020.
Maruti Suzuki already has micro-hybrid cars in India. The brand’s SHVS technology uses a small electric motor with
On a broader concept, if you notice, the automotive industry is slowly shifting towards the idea of electric vehicles. In a price sensitive and emerging market like India, directly electric vehicles would attract less demand.
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So, most of the brands are trying to launch hybrid cars as well. Maruti Suzuki, Honda and Tata Motors are reportedly working towards hybrid vehicles.
As the emission norms are closing in, most of the automotive brands are gearing up with BS-6 engines. However, with this, the prices for the cars are set to increase. Petrol cars will get costly by around Rs 35,000 and their diesel alternatives by around Rs 2.5 Lakhs.
Amidst these rising prices, people will eventually shift towards the idea of CNG, hybrid and electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, Government is also working towards the development of Clean Energy driven vehicles. It has introduced certain subsidies, tax benefits and discounts for purchase of electric vehicles. For hybrid vehicles, benefits and subsidies are under consideration.
Maruti Hybrid cars will use retuned Toyota’s electric motor and technologies. It is speculated that the first hybrid car will be a sedan priced around Rs 20 Lakhs.
On the other hand, Toyota is developing a Baleno-badged hatchback for the Indian market. This will be the first product to be made from their collaboration.
Other brands like Mahindra, Ford, Kia, Renault, Hyundai and Tata, all are working towards either EVs or hybrid vehicles. Post-2020, many clean energy vehicles will debut in our market.