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Maruti Suzuki Working on an All-Electric MPV; Could be Based on the Ertiga

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga electric will have slightly different dimensions than the regular Ertiga and will also sport a new name. No mechanical details are available yet.

The electric fever has caught on almost every manufacturer in the business and Maruti Suzuki was in fact one of the first brands to initiate the process. Maruti has already been testing the electric WagonR for a long time now and it is slated to be launched next year. However, according to a latest report by Livemint, Maruti Suzuki is readying an all-electric MPV that could be based on the Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki is developing an electric MPV based on the Ertiga
Maruti Suzuki is developing an electric MPV based on the Ertiga

It is also reported that this new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga electric will see some change in dimensions. The change of dimensions would be to fit the battery pack and the related components of the electric powertrain. Also, this new car will not be simply called the Ertiga electric but it will have a name of its own.

Maruti Suzuki had two options for electrification – one of them being the Ciaz and the other being the much popular Ertiga MPV – and Maruti chose to go with the latter. The problem with the Ciaz was that it would have required major modifications in design and so Maruti went with what seemed more convenient.

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Also, as part of the partnership between Suzuki and Toyota, the alliance has already launched the Glanza premium hatchback in the country. Chances are that this Maruti Ertiga electric will also be branded as a Toyota and sold by Toyota as well. Both brands along with Toshiba Corp and Denso have invested in a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant for powering hybrid vehicles in India.

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Meanwhile, the 2019 Union budget was just announced recently and several rebates have been offered on the purchase of electric vehicles in the country. The GST rates for electric vehicles have also been reduced from 12% to 5%. All this allows for better acceptability of electric vehicles which in turn will return better sales of EVs in India.