It’s final now as both Toyota
and Suzuki have confirmed the
introduction of electric vehicles in India by 2020. Japanese car majors Toyota
Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) have concluded
a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward in considering a
cooperative structure for introducing electric vehicles (EVs) in the Indian
market in around 2020.
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Earlier this year in February
6, the two Japanese majors Toyota and Suzuki had signed an MOU on beginning
considerations for business partnership, after which they began discussing,
among other topics, the dissemination of vehicle electrification technologies
Now with the conclusion of the
MoU, Suzuki is to produce EVs for the
Indian market and will supply some to Toyota, while Toyota is to provide
technical support. Additionally, Toyota and Suzuki intend to conduct a
comprehensive study of activities for the widespread acceptance and popular use
of EVs in India.
Such activities encompass the
establishment of charging stations, human resources development that includes
training for after-service technicians employed throughout sales networks, and
systems for the appropriate treatment of end-of-life batteries.
Meanwhile, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has signed an MOU on November 16,
2017 with Government of Andhra Pradesh to explore feasibility of
introducing electrified vehicles at Smart City, Amaravathi. The company will
start start the feasibility study towards introduction of “Prius PHEV” and
“Small EV Commuter” into AP Govt.’s ambitious smart city project at Amaravathi.
Cabinet Minister for
Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in Andhra Pradesh,
Nara Lokesh, Principal Secretary, IT & Communications Department Govt of
AP, K. Vijayanand, CEO, Electronics & IT Agency, Tirumala Rao Chamalla and Managing
Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Akito Tachibana jointly witnessed the
The MOU is the commitment of
Toyota and Govt. of AP to mutually work together to solve the grave issue of
pollution ensuring smooth introduction of Plug-in Hybrid & Electric
Vehicles in the state. This is in line with Toyota’s Environment Challenge 2050
to achieve zero CO2 emissions. Toyota globally believes that the
electrification of vehicles is required to reduce CO2 emissions. Toyota has
been a pioneer in the electrified vehicle space with the Prius which is the
first mass produced electrified car 20 years ago. Currently, Toyota’s
electrified vehicles, and mainly the HVs that have become the most popular
globally, are loved by customers all over the world. In 2017, Toyota’s
cumulative sales of electrified units reached 11 million units. Toyota strongly
believes that ‘PHV’ Plug in Hybrid is a realistic solution considering the
charging infrastructure available in the country in current status.
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