Suzuki To Start Testing Electric Scooter In India Next Year
Published On Nov 11, 2019 By Zaran Mody
A prototype e-scooter has already been created after studying the market
Electric two-wheelers are all the rage in India at the moment, with a new launch almost every few weeks. Not wanting to be left out, Suzuki Motorcycle India is all set to start testing a prototype e-scooter on our roads next year. The prototype in question has been created by Suzuki after carefully studying the market.
One of Suzuki’s biggest challenges will be the charging infrastructure, or lack of it. The company plans to overcome this by tying up with Maruti Suzuki. The carmaker’s network and reach in India is unparalleled and its touch points could be used as charging points for Suzuki’s electric two-wheelers. Suzuki is also already working with Toyota to develop small electric cars for India, the first of which could hit showroom floors by next year. Moreover, it is also setting up a lithium-ion battery pack factory in India, and both these factors could greatly aid Suzuki’s electric scooter efforts in India.
The electric two-wheeler space in India has so far been populated mostly by startups and smaller manufacturers, but Bajaj Auto recently became the first major bikemaker to enter the marketspace. It unveiled its much-awaited Chetak electric scooter last month and a launch is expected soon. With Suzuki now getting involved as well, we can see larger manufacturers taking notice of the ongoing electric revolution in India and joining the fray. It will be interesting to see how many more major companies take the plunge into the electric space, and what exactly they come up with.
Source: Economic Times
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