India Goes Electric! – Automakers Plan To Introduce Electric Vehicle
6 months ago Ishan Chourey 0
Automakers, both domestic and foreign, gear up to introduce Electric vehicle on Indian roads. It’s not a race of best finish, but a race of best start.
Since PM Narendra Modi‘s bugle call to electrify all Indian vehicles, manufacturers have gone into overdrive to prepare for new vehicle norms, setting up battery manufacturing plants, investing on charging stations and R&D over new and efficient BMS and drive train systems.
Not only that, each manufacturer has a race against its competition to introduce the first all electric self-sufficient car in the market, which is capable of taking on petrol and diesel cars.
Here is a look at what each of the aspirants is doing in the field of electric cars that has got everyone talking.
Elon Musk‘s Tesla Motors made its mark in the industry by introducing all electric sports cars, state of the art battery technologies and most sought after the self-driving system. The company which glamorized EVs on the world stage Caris considering building an electric car factory in India.
The US-based automaker wants to develop India as a counter challenge to China, which is the battery producing capital of the world. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari visited Tesla facility in San Francisco last year and invited Musk to set up a factory in India. As of now, no new development is reported.
Tesla has launched its Model 3 in India, which is available for pre-book and Tesla will start deliveries by the end of 2017.
By the end of this year, Tata Motors might become the first amongst the Indian manufacturers to launch an electric vehicle which will be the electric version of its largest-selling car Tiago.
More such experiments are underway including an electric version of the Nano.
Electric Tata buses are already under trials and are tested by some state transport undertakings.
India’s largest automobile manufacturer and seller, Maruti Suzuki, has stated its investment process to enter into the electric vehicle business. the Indian automaker, known for its historic 200% quarter by quarter sales, has not given any solid information on its plan to take on like of Mahindra and Tesla.
But its parent company, Suzuki Motors, is setting up a Rs. 1200 crore lithium ion battery plant in Gujarat in association with Denso and Toshiba Corporation.
Given Maruti’s history, it is not the type to give up its dominance easily. We can expect an electric version of its small cars like Ignis.
Mahindra & Mahindra is the only company to have commercially launched fully electric cars in the Indian market. These started with a compact four-seater e2o and later graduated to e-Verito. Later, electric versions of Supro and a three-wheeler were launched.
Though none of these are a great commercial success, M&M may be the only company today with actual road tested data to make a reliable electric vehicle and know the boots off their opponents. They have been successful in introducing electric technologies like regenerative braking and quicker charging time.
They have been successful in introducing electric technologies like regenerative braking and quicker charging time.
The Korean auto giants aren’t far behind in the race. With a 12% market share, they rank second in automakers in the country. Hyundai stated that an all-electric car is part of the 8 new model lineup it has for India by 2020. The car, however, will be developed outside India suiting global specifications. This might become a problem for Hyundai as most of its competitors are developing their electric vehicles in India, adhering to our norms and terrain uncertainties.
The car, however, will be developed outside India suiting global specifications.
This might become a problem for Hyundai as most of its competitors are developing their electric vehicles in India, adhering to our norms and terrain uncertainties.
Japanese giant Nissan recently showcased the all-new Leaf in Tokyo which it hopes to get to India in 2018. Leaf is the world’s largest-selling fully electric car capable of providing a driving range of 400kms.
The French automaker has several innovations at the international level with regards to electric cars. It showcased the Zoe, a fully electric compact four seater which has a range of 400 km, in India last year.
While reports stated Renault had firmed up plans to introduce the car here there has been no confirmation of this from the company. Also, there has been no official statement from the company about Zoe’s performance on Indian road conditions and it cost.
However, the company has not finalized any plans for launching electric cars in India as it is preparing to fend off attacks from it competitors like Jeep, which was able to receive more than 10000 bookings in its first month of introduction.
India is becoming a desirable site for many automakers to set-up manufacturing plants. And with the announcement of special benefits for electric vehicle manufacturers, more and more foreign companies are looking for investment opportunities in India. With this pace 2030, all electric vehicle dream just might come true, making India a beacon of sustainable development.