Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 | Last Update : 07:31 AM IST
Localising battery production is the first step in developing cost-effective EVs
While the government’s aim of making manufacturers roll out only pure electric vehicles (EVs) on our roads by 2030 seems like an ambitious project, making it a reality will be a challenge considering the infrastructure required to achieve it.
Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer, has been ruling the market for a very long time and contributes to more than 50 per cent of the total car sales in the country. With the announcement of the new policy, the manufacturer will have to pioneer the development of EVs in India. In a step towards this, Maruti Suzuki’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has started developing India’s first lithium-ion battery plant in collaboration with Toshiba and Denso in the supplier’s park neighbouring the manufacturer’s plant in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The announcement of the battery plant can be seen as a statement of intent from Suzuki in dealing with the changes that the Indian automotive industry is likely to witness in the coming years. This will also serve as a warning to other carmakers to buck up their efforts to deal with what’s coming their way in the year 2030.