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Old 22nd October 2019, 15:01   #1
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At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, which opens on October 24, Toyota will showcase a new, production-ready Ultra Compact BEV. This two-seat vehicle is expected to go on sale in Japan in 2020, have a 100km range and reach a top speed of about 60kph.
Toyota has reiterated its commitment to introducing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the Indian market. Toyota's chief technology officer, Shigeki Terashi, has confirmed via Twitter that Toyota India’s first all-electric car will be co-developed with Maruti. “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. According to sources, this new EV, which will be co-developed with Maruti Suzuki and will share its platform and powertrain with the upcoming Wagon R-based electric hatchback, is expected to be launched in India in 2021.

As we have been reported over the past couple of years, Suzuki and Toyota have been exploring ways to partner in India since February 2016. In November 2017, the Japanese brands had announced a Memorandum of Understanding to arrive at a joint strategy to introduce BEVs in India in 2020. The press release had said, “Specifically, Suzuki is to produce EVs for the Indian market and will supply some to Toyota, while Toyota is to provide technical support.”

Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R EV is expected to be launched in 2020 and will be priced quite aggressively as it will be able to avail of significant subsidies under the government’s FAME II scheme, given that it will be made in India. The all-electric Wagon R is expected to have a real-world range of about 130km on a single charge and will support standard AC and DC fast-charging.

Toyota’s version of the Wagon R EV is still sometime away and may not launch as soon as the Maruti. In fact it will only come after the launch of a BEV for the European markets. Terashi also confirmed that Toyota expects to launch its first electric car there at the start of 2020. There will be multiple variants that will be developed across the Toyota and Lexus brands, based on public demand for the models.
The electric version of the WagonR would cost around Rs 12 lakh, Maruti Suzuki Managing Director Kenichi Ayukawa had earlier told ET, adding that the vehicle could possibly find use in commercial fleet operations.
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Finally, EVs will stand a chance of becoming mainstream in India! With Maruti and only Maruti, do EVs stand a chance in our country. No one else can achieve scale and provider reassurance to address initial concern that Indians will undoubtedly have. That said, 130 kms better be what is achieved with air-conditioning on in Indian traffic.

Tata and Mahindra products, are as they have always been, a joke

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