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Suzuki mulls electric vehicle launch in India

According to reports, Japanese small car major Suzuki Motor Corporation is considering launch of electric vehicles in India, although it sees infrastructure as a big challenge.

With the demand of diesel cars very high in India, the company said it is also lining up more diesel engine cars for the country.

“It is under consideration to launch electric vehicles in India,” the Suzuki Motor Corporation Representative Director and Executive Vice-President, Executive General Manager (Corporate Planning Office), Mr Toshihiro Suzuki, told PTI on the sidelines of Tokyo Motor Show here.

Asked for details, he said: “We cannot tell you what are the specifications. There is possibility, but the only problem is infrastructure in terms of electric plugs.”

Mr Suzuki also declined to comment on the possible timeline for introducing the electric vehicle saying, “When the time comes, we will introduce.”

He said after considering the infrastructure problems faced with CNG and LPG models, introducing the electric vehicle poses an even bigger challenge.

“Even in CNG models, there is limitation in the number of gas stations. So it is more difficult to introduce electric vehicles in India, but we will introduce at the right time and it is under consideration,” he added.

Asked about the possibility of introducing more diesel cars in India as the demand is much higher due to price difference with petrol he said: “We are trying to line up more diesel engine cars…When we are introducing more models in India, we will put more diesel engines.”

The company today showcased Swift electric vehicle hybrid, new version of Alto — Alto Eco, which the company claims to have a fuel efficiency of 30.2 km per litre.

SMC also showcased its new Swift Sport and a concept electric scooter.

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