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Toyota Reiterates Commitment For Mass-Use Electric Car For Indian Market

Toyota Reiterates Commitment For Mass-Use Electric Car For Indian Market
Japanese auto giant Toyota has stressed that it would soon bring in its battery electric vehicles (BEVs) into the large Indian market.
The first all-electric car to be manufactured by Toyota India in collaboration with the Indian auto major Maruti, Toyota's chief technology officer, Shigeki Terashi has confirmed to the media.
“India is one of the countries we have in mind for BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and we want to introduce them at an early stage along with Maruti,” he was quoted as saying in reports.
Reports also suggested quoting sources with knowledge of the matter that the upcoming Wagon R-based electric hatchback of Maruti will be used for the co-development of this new EV through sharing of the platform and powertrain of the Indian company. Reports said that the new EV is to be launched in 2021 in the Indian market.
According to multiple reports published in the media over the last two years, Japanese auto companies Suzuki and Toyota have been trying to tie up with an Indian company for electric vehicle manufacturing since February of 2016. A Memorandum of Understanding to arrive at a joint strategy to introduce BEVs in India in 2020 was announced by the Japanese brands in November 2017. According to the press release issued by the company back then read: “Specifically, Suzuki is to produce EVs for the Indian market and will supply some to Toyota, while Toyota is to provide technical support.”
Reports also claimed that by 2020, the electric version of Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R will be launched in the Indian market and its price would be very competitive because of the advantages of it being manufactured India. It is expected that a real-world range of about 130km on a single charge will be available for the all-electric Wagon R and will be designed to be charged through both the standard AC charging points and DC fast-charging systems.
However for Toyota, its Wagon R EV version has quite some time to be unveiled and would probably be sometime since the launch by Maruti. Reports suggested that the Indian version would only be launched after the company launches a BEV for the European markets. Toyota anticipates that it would be able to launch its first electric car in Europe by the beginning of 2020, confirmed Terashi. A number of variants across the models of Toyota and Lexus brands would be developed according to the demand for the models in the market.
Mild-hybrid tech was been used by Toyota for its first product that was developed and launched through a joint collaboration, which was called the Glanza.
A new, production-ready Ultra Compact BEV will be showcased by Toyota at this year's Tokyo Motor Show that is staled to kick off on October 24. The company expects to start selling of that two-seater car in 2020 in Japan, which has a range of 100 kilometers on a single charge and a top speed of 60kmph.   

Christopher J. Mitchell

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