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Maruti Suzuki planning to take the cover off its electric vehicle for a government project


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It is a known fact that the Indian car market is not at all friendly towards Electric Vehicles or EVs, or for that matter the much expensive hybrid cars that are really popular in the global markets. Some EVs that are currently available in the Indian market are not very expensive but still get very few buyers.

The main reasons behind the un-friendliness towards the EVs in India are higher price tags as compared to compact hatchbacks (as the EVs are usually mini cars), apprehension about the range and performance, and sheer negligence of the technology. It is not that the Indian consumers are not conscious about the global warming and the pollution issues, but they still shirk the way of greener cars. On the other hand, the hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius and Camry Hybrid though extremely stunning and efficient are well beyond the reach of the general public, and it is hard to say how many buyers from the elite class settles down for these eco-friendly cars rather than some other swanky luxury car.

Thus, the Indian car market is apparently somewhat against the whole green cars agenda thing.

However, only the Indian car consumers cannot be blamed for this, as the Indian government is also not doing practically anything to promote the green cars, leave alone pushing them to the consumers. And this has been a great concern for some auto makers in the country, as they fail to sell their EVs successfully in the market.

The Indian government’s lack of EV subsidy is causing much woe to Mahindra Reva which launched its efficient electric passenger car E2O this year. The Indian government seems to take it easy, in turn the car makers are hesitating to come forward with their green cars.

Maruti Suzuki, India’s leading passenger car maker had showcased the EV version of its Eeco van back at the 2010 Indian Auto Expo. However, owing to the lack of support from the government, the company did not work on the production version of the project.

Now, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of heavy industries, Ambuj Sharma said that the government would be setting up a pilot project in which electric cars will offer the last mile travel for Delhi Metro Rail passengers.

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Mahindra Reva, which is the only company offering all electric vehicles in India is also the first to be interested in the project. Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors have also shown their interest to join in.

Mahindra is contemplating to launch an electric version of its Maxximo for this program. Tata Motors, which is very interested in EV is planning an EV variant of the Magic. Maruti Suzuki on the other hand, is planning to put the showcased Eeco EV finally to production.

Sharma also indicated that the EV subsidy that was withdrawn in the month of March 2012 is expected to be put back by mid 2014.

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