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    Maruti To Export Electric Cars, Cells, Battery Packs – Japan, Europe Among Clients

    Maruti EVX Electric SUVMaruti is aiming to sell approximately half a million EVs per annum by FY2031, which will be around 15% of its overall salesAlthough Maruti Suzuki is a late entrant in the electric car segment, the company is looking to step up focus in this space. There are plans to launch at least 6 electric vehicles by the end of this decade. Maruti’s first EV will be eVX compact SUV that will rival the likes of upcoming Hyundai Creta EV and Tata Curvv EV.Maruti to export EVs, battery cells and battery packsAlong with the domestic market, Maruti Suzuki will also target exports of its EVs. In addition, the company will also be exporting advanced lithium-ion battery cells and battery packs. The exports are targeted to commence this year itself. The export markets for EVs and related components include Japan and European countries.Maruti EVX Electric SUVSpeaking about the plans, Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director Rahul Bharti said that the company is looking at exports worth Rs 750 crore in the current financial year. The exports will include battery cells, battery packs and modules.Maruti Suzuki sources the battery cells and packs from the Automotive Electronics Power Private Ltd (AEPPL). This entity is a joint venture between Maruti’s parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation and Toshiba Corporation and Denso Corporation. The components are manufactured at a lithium-ion battery plant location in Hansalpur, Gujarat.Maruti EVX Electric SUV Render by Motor.ESSuzuki to invest 3,200 crores to boost BEV productionSuzuki Group has allocated funds worth Rs 3,200 crores for the expansion of Suzuki Motor Gujarat (SMG) plant. It currently has a production capacity of 7.5 lakh units per annum. The fourth production line will add 2.5 lakh units per year, thereby increasing the overall production capacity of the plant to 1 million units per year. This new production line will cater exclusively to Maruti’s upcoming electric cars. It is to note that Suzuki Motor Corporation has around 58% shareholding in Maruti Suzuki.Suzuki is also setting up a new plant in Gujarat. An investment of Rs 35,000 crores has been earmarked for the project. The new plant will have a production capacity of 1 million units per annum. With increased production capacity, Maruti will be able to handle rising demand for its cars across both domestic and international markets. Apart from BEVs, Maruti will also be focusing on other fuels such as CNG, flex fuel, biogas and hybrid electric vehicles. By FY 2030-31, the company will have a total of 28 models in its portfolio. It has 18 models as of now.This year, Maruti will be launching the Creta EV-rivalling eVX compact SUV. In 2024, Tata will be introducing the Curvv ICE and EV models. Creta EV is expected to debut this year around the festive season. It will be a new battleground and difficult to say who will take the lead. Maruti is also working on a new entry-level EV that will primarily rival Tata Tiago EV. Based on a new born electric K-EV platform, the small EV is expected to give a big boost to the company’s EV goals. It will be launched in 2026-27. More

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    Maruti To Launch Entry-Level EV In 3 Years – Tiago EV Rival

    Suzuki eWX ConceptUnlike some OEMs that have initially relied on ICE to EV conversions, Maruti will start its EV journey with a born-electric platformAlthough late in the EV game, Maruti Suzuki had mega plans for this segment. More than 10,000 crore investment has been earmarked for localization of EVs. The first product will be eVX compact electric SUV, expected to be launched in late 2024. Later in 2026-2027, Maruti will target the entry-level EV space, currently dominated by Tata Tiago EV.Maruti small EV detailsA few years back, Maruti was working on an ICE to EV conversion project in the form of Wagon R EV. That project was scrapped due to cost and technical aspects. Maruti is now developing a born-electric EV architecture (codenamed K-EV) that will be used for its compact electric vehicles.Suzuki eWX ConceptIt is different from the eVX that will spawn the Creta EV rivalling compact EV. Both these platforms will be used to develop multiple new EVs. Having two platforms will help add more variety and fulfil cost, efficiency and performance requirements.Similar to the strategy followed by Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki will also focus on achieving a high level of localization. Suzuki has tie-ups with Denso and Toshiba for manufacturing battery packs. For the upcoming eVX, Suzuki will be sourcing the blade cells from BYD. However, the battery supplier for K-EV small EV could be a different entity.Suzuki eWX ConceptMaruti targeting half a million EV sales by FY31Maruti has plans to ramp up its EV operations at a fast pace. By the end of this decade, Maruti is looking to add at least 6 new electric cars. By FY2031, Maruti EV sales will comprise around 15% of its overall sales. That’s around half a million units per annum. Maruti’s EV portfolio will have a wide range of options including hatchbacks, SUVs and MPVs. All EVs will be born electric and there won’t be any ICE to EV conversions.To achieve a high level of localization, Suzuki has committed an investment of more than Rs 10,000 crore. The funds will be used for localization of cells as well as for production. Maruti EVs will compete with Tata EVs across both pricing and features.As of now, Tata dominates with a market share of more than 70%. Entry-level Tiago EV is a key contributor, averaging sales of around 1,000 to 1,500 units per month. Tata will also launch Punch EV, which is expected to provide a significant boost to the company’s EV sales.EV prices to match ICE-car prices in coming yearsAs of now, electric vehicles are sold at a premium. In the case of ICE Tiago and its EV version, the price difference is around 35%. Such price gaps are expected to reduce in future, as production volumes increase and battery prices fall. It will allow a faster transition from ICE to EVs. It will still be a long journey, as EV share in overall PV sales in 2023 was just around 2 percent.Source More

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    Maruti eVX Spotted Next To S-Cross – Launch In 2025

    Maruti eVX Spotted Next To S-CrossEven when draped in heavy camouflage, it is evident that Maruti eVX has a robust, sporty profileUnveiled earlier this year in January at 2023 Auto Expo, eVX will be Maruti’s first fully electric model. It has been developed in collaboration with Toyota. The latter will also introduce its own version based on the same platform in 2025. Maruti eVX will compete with the likes of MG ZS EV and upcoming Tata Curvv EV, Creta EV and Seltos EV.Maruti eVX spotted at a recharge stationThis is the first time Maruti eVX has been spotted while getting charged in India. Built from the ground up, the electric SUV will have to undergo rigorous testing for several months. Although the test mule is heavily camouflaged in all-black, one can clearly see the design of the electric SUV.Maruti eVX Spotted Next To S-CrossMaruti eVX has a dominating street presence, made possible with the chunky, upright front fascia, large alloy wheels, sloping roofline and rugged rear profile. The SUV will be getting L-shaped headlamps, closed-off front grille, shark fin antenna and wraparound tail lamps. Full-width LED elements could be there at the front and rear.In line with consumer preferences, Maruti eVX will have a minimalistic design theme for the interiors. Instead of physical buttons, eVX will have capacitive touch controls. Users can access these on the touchscreen, dashboard and the steering wheel.Maruti EVX Electric SUVeVX will have a large panoramic touchscreen that comprises the infotainment screen and the digital instrument cluster. Other highlights include a trendy dashboard design, vertically positioned AC vents, two-spoke steering wheel and prominent centre console. Enhancing the drive experience further will be customizable mood lights.Maruti eVX performanceBeing its first electric offering, Maruti is likely to be aiming for best-in-class performance. eVX is underpinned by a tweaked version of Toyota’s 40PL electric skateboard architecture. It is internally referred to as 27PL. In its concept form, eVX was equipped with a 60-kWh battery pack. Range was stated at 550 km. The production version could come with a smaller capacity 48 kWh battery pack. Real-world range could be around 400 km.Maruti eVX will be getting premium features such as rotary drive mode selector and 360° surround view camera. There will be at least 6-airbags. ADAS is also likely to be part of the safety kit.Maruti eVX priceMaruti is looking to achieve a high level of localization for eVX electric SUV. It includes the motor and the battery pack. eVX will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Gujarat. Maruti is known to offer its cars at affordable rates and the same approach will apply to its electric vehicles. eVX could be launched in the price range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 22 lakh. With eVX, Maruti will also be targeting export markets. One of the destinations will be Europe, where electrification is happening at a rapid pace. Various other overseas markets will be covered in a phased manner.Source More

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    Maruti Suzuki EVX Interiors Revealed – Electric SUV To Rival Creta EV

    Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsBeing Suzuki’s first global strategic EV, the EVX can be expected to have a truly unique profileIn line with industry trends, Suzuki is stepping up focus in EV segment. Suzuki’s first globally-relevant electric offering will be the EVX compact SUV. It will be launched across international markets next year.Maruti Suzuki EVX interiors revealedLaunch in India is expected in early 2025. Here, Maruti Suzuki EVX will compete with the likes of upcoming Creta EV, Seltos EV and Tata Curvv. Suzuki will be revealing the updated version of EVX at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsThe SUV was showcased for the first time earlier this year at Auto Expo 2023. A number of changes have been introduced since then. It will be interesting to see how EVX has evolved in a period of around 8-9 months. Ahead of the Japan Mobility Show that will commence from October 26, interiors of Suzuki EVX have been revealed.Browsing the interiors of Suzuki EVX is a true delight, as it’s unlike any other seen with a mainstream SUV. Some of the key highlights include a uniquely designed sleek dashboard and a large screen comprising the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. The AC vents wrap around the dashboard, adding more dynamism to the cockpit section.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsThere’s a new two-spoke steering wheel with a windswept profile, mirroring the design of dashboard. It is apparent that steering wheel rotation will be minimal, quite like a sports car or race car. Another noticeable aspect is that there are hardly any physical buttons inside the SUV. Suzuki seems to be aiming for a completely digital experience with the EVX. It will be made possible with capacitive touch controls across the dashboard and the large touchscreen.Maruti Suzuki EVX InteriorsEVX’s rider and front passenger sections are clearly demarcated with the stretched central console. It comes in piano black finish and has the rotary control dial. Another unique design element is the corrugated lines that can be seen across the doors and the central console. These truly stand out and create a mesmerizing experience with the ambient lighting. The bucket seats seem inspired from a futuristic spaceship. They are likely to have advanced foam material, to ensure optimal comfort without appearing thick and heavy.Maruti Suzuki EVX range, specsMaruti Suzuki EVX compact electric SUV will have range of around 500 km. Users can expect superior driving dynamics, as EVX will be equipped with electronically controlled 4×4 technology. Dimensionally, Maruti EVX will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. As the SUV has a clutter-free design theme, there will be an enhanced sense of space. EVX will also offer advanced safety features for complete peace of mind of occupants. Things like 6+ airbags and a comprehensive range of ADAS features are expected. More

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    Suzuki eWX Concept Debuts (230 Km Range) – Next Gen WagonR Electric?

    Suzuki eWX ConceptWith focus on electrification, Suzuki will be showcasing a host of new products at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023Suzuki’s upcoming EVs that are important from India’s perspective include eWX and EVX. The eWX could emerge as the next-gen WagonR electric. On the other hand, EVX is a compact electric SUV that is expected to make its global debut next year. Maruti Suzuki EVX will take on rivals such as upcoming Creta EV, Seltos EV and Tata Curvv.Suzuki eWX electric mini wagon conceptAs per the original plan, Maruti Suzuki was working to launch WagonR electric sometime in 2020. However, due to the pandemic and subsequent techno-commercial viability issues, the plan was shelved. But as the industry embraces electrification in a big way, it is likely that Maruti will soon debut its first EV for Indian market. The company will also be exploring export opportunities with its EVs.Suzuki eWX ConceptWagonR electric could actually take the final shape as eWX electric mini wagon. This will be showcased at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show 2023. The event is scheduled to take place between October 26 and November 05, 2023. Suzuki eWX will essentially be a Kei car. It will be 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall. On a full charge, Suzuki eWX will have range of 230 km. Other technical details are expected to be revealed in the coming days.Similar to the existing WagonR, Suzuki eWX has a boxy profile. However, eWX is compact in size and far more adorable. It gets an exciting exterior colour theme, comprising contrasting yellow highlights across the front bumper, wheels, side cladding and windows.Suzuki eWX ConceptOther Kei car models to be showcased include the e Every concept. This is essentially a mini-commercial BEV, designed for everyday needs. It has been jointly developed by Suzuki, Toyota and Daihatsu. Another Kei car that will mark its debut will be Spacia Concept and Spacia Custom Concept. These too are also quite cute and designed to make every day commutes a lot more fun and convenient.Suzuki eWX ConceptMaruti Suzuki EVX detailsMaruti had unveiled the EVX concept for the first time at Auto Expo 2023. Since that time, a number of changes have been introduced. The updated version will be showcased at the event. EVX holds a lot of importance, as it will be Suzuki’s first global strategic EV. It will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. Range will be 500 km. It will be capable of delivering an exhilarating performance with its electronically controlled 4×4 technology.At the event, Suzuki will also be unveiling the interiors of EVX. It is expected to get features such as an integrated infotainment and digital display, vertical AC vents, a rotary controller on the centre console and a 2-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel. Maruti Suzuki EVX is expected to be launched in India in 2025. More

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    Maruti EVX Electric SUV spied for first time – Launch in 2025

    Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedMaruti Suzuki EVX electric SUV will have a 60-kWh battery pack, with range of up to 550 kmInternally codenamed YY8, Maruti Suzuki had showcased the EVX electric SUV concept at 2023 Auto Expo. It will be the company’s first born-electric car and is expected to debut next year. It will go on sale in 2025. One of the key rivals will be upcoming Hyundai Creta EV.Ahead of its launch, a Suzuki EVX electric SUV has been spotted at a charging station in Krakow, Poland. The test mule wears a black camouflage, not intending to reveal the finer details. However, the tight wrapping does show a close resemblance to the concept version.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedSuzuki EVX electric SUV featuresAs compared to the heavily muscled concept, the test mule appears to have a relatively toned-down styling. However, quite a few features have been carried forward such as the butch front fascia, sculpted bonnet design and thick body cladding. The SUV has a tapering roofline, which helps achieve a sporty profile. At rear, Suzuki EVX will have a layered spoiler, rugged bumper and edgy tail lamps with full-width connecting LED strip.Suzuki EVX test mule can be seen with temporary lighting all across. It has a standard set of alloy wheels, which are likely to be changed onboard the production version. The concept version had aerodynamic alloy wheels, especially designed to reduce drag. Other noticeable features include C-pillar mounted rear door handles, shark fin antenna and rear wiper.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedInside, the test mule has a number of wires dangling around. It clearly shows that this test vehicle is largely a work-in-progress. A significant section of the dashboard has been camouflaged. It does appear to have a simple, minimalistic design.Maruti EVX Electric SUV interiors spiedSome features that are clearly visible include a two-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, steering mounted controls and a rotary control dial on the centre console. The showstopper is a large, horizontally mounted touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument console.Suzuki EVX electric SUV performanceAs compared to other OEMs that are converting existing ICE cars into electric, Maruti Suzuki will move directly to born-electric vehicles. Suzuki EVX electric SUV is based on an entirely new platform. It will be used to develop a range of future EVs. Overall performance of Suzuki EVX electric SUV will closely match that of similar-sized ICE SUVs such as Hyundai Creta.Maruti EVX Electric SUV spiedSuzuki EVX electric SUV will be equipped with a 60-kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 550 km. The electric motor is expected to deliver around 138-170 hp of max power. Both 2WD and all-wheel drive options will be available.With a dedicated EV platform, Suzuki EVX will have spacious interiors. It will be 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. Wheelbase is expected to be best in segment. The SUV will have large wheels, which will ensure a strong street presence and high ground clearance.Source More

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    Indian Army’s Maruti Gypsy Modified Electric Version Spotted On Road

    Maruti Gypsy ElectricMaruti Gypsy electric vehicle has been developed via a collaboration between Indian Army Cell, IIT-Delhi and Tadpole ProjectsOwing to its compact size, agile performance and off-roading capabilities, Maruti Gypsy has remained a preferred choice for the Indian Army. Even when Gypsy was discontinued and no longer available to the general public, Maruti continued to make the 4X4 Gypsy for Indian Armed forces. Other vehicles used by the army include Mahindra Scorpio Classic. Maruti Jimny is also expected to join the armed forces soon.With climate change now impacting one and all, there are efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of Indian Armed forces as well. One relevant example is that of conversion of Army-owned Maruti Gypsy into fully electric vehicle. A total of 10 units have been converted, as part of a pilot project. If things work out as desired, more orders can be placed for conversion.Maruti Gypsy electric spottedDetails about electric Gypsy were already available, but this is the first time it has been spotted on the roads. While electric Gypsy may not be suitable for active operations, it can be certainly used across civilian and cantonment areas. This latest sighting is from Delhi, although the exact location is not known.Electric Gypsy does not seem to have any major changes to its body panelling. Differentiating factors come in the form of a green paint job on the sides of the SUV. The term ‘Pure EV’ is also painted in green. Another change is the green number plate.[embedded content]Why convert petrol Gypsy to electric?One of the key benefits of converting petrol Gypsy into electric is the significant reduction in operational cost. Electric Gypsy has certified range of 120 km. A full charge costs Rs 120, which means operating cost is Rs 1 per kilometre. In comparison, running the same distance on petrol will cost Rs 1,200. As of now, only 10 Gypsy units have been converted into electric. If the same approach is used for hundreds of units of petrol-powered Gypsy, savings worth lakhs are possible every year.Conversion to electric also means an extension of the vehicle’s lifespan. This will help in reducing capital expenditure, allocated for procuring new vehicles. Environmental impact also has to be considered, as electric Gypsy has zero emissions. In comparison, petrol powered Gypsy has carbon emission of 3.3 grams per kilometre.Conversion of petrol-Gypsy to electric involves complete removal of the engine, fuel tank and linked componentry. The vehicle is then fitted with lithium-iron phosphate batteries and a PMS electric motor. This is likely a one-way process, as reconverting the vehicle back to petrol will be a cumbersome, time-consuming and costly affair.Maruti Gypsy electric has a 21.7 kW, 72 Volt battery pack. Torque output is more than that of the petrol unit. A full charge takes around 9 hours when connected to a 15 Amp charger. Maruti Gypsy electric has a top speed of 70 kmph. The cost of conversion works out at Rs 5,78,200 per unit. More

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    Maruti Gypsy Electric Showcased For Army – 120 Km Range, 30 kW Battery

    Tadpole Projects developed Maruti Gypsy Electric can get up to 30 kW battery, enabling 120 km claimed range
    Maruti Gypsy Electric
    Army Commanders Conference (ACC) commenced on Friday, 21st April in Delhi. ACC is a biennial event and is one of the biggest summits where Indian Army conferences are concerned. ACC is conducted in a hybrid fashion for the first time. Where Army Commanders meet virtually and then physically meet at Delhi for detailed demonstrations.
    Maruti Suzuki Gypsy with retrofitted EV components was showcased at this event. Tadpole Projects is the startup behind this operation. The startup headed by Jawaad Khan is incubated under IIT-Delhi. Official website mentions Tadpole Projects primarily works with vintage cars and Gypsy. The EV conversion includes 30 kW kits enabling 120 km of claimed zero-emission drive.
    Tadpole Projects – What Do They Do?
    Indian startup Tadpole Projects promises an easy setup. The company promises original driving feel as it retains transmission of said vehicle. On its website, Tadpole offers four battery options. There are two 48V EV architecture options. A 1440 Wh module and a 1536 Wh module options. A 60V architecture option with 1920 Wh modules and a 72V architecture with 8640 Wh modules are on offer too.
    All battery modules get IP65/67 rating. They come with protection against short circuits, overcharges, and under-discharges. An option for a smart BMS is available too. Up to 30 kW EV kits and 1 kW to 37 kW (49.6 bhp) electric motors are on offer. Charging time is pegged at 2 to 6 hours. Tadpole promises a 2-year warranty on motor and a 3 or 5-year warranty for battery, extendable to 7 years.
    Maruti Gypsy Electric – Battery, Specs, Range Price
    The process involves swapping out engine components, locating suitable battery placement spots, installation of said batteries and connecting the existing drivetrain with an electric motor. This is a good way of extending the life of an old and unfit ICE vehicle. Instead of scrapping, individuals can opt for EV conversion kits like this if the vehicle is of emotional importance.
    There are benefits to EV conversions of old vehicles. For starters, this is a perfect way to extend life out of a prized possession. Like a special vintage car. Also, new vehicles only reduce tailpipe emissions and not emissions associated with manufacturing and energy production required for the manufacturing. EV conversions address both simultaneously.
    Significance Of Retrofitted EV Conversions
    Maruti Gypsy electric showcased to the military is of prime importance. It signifies re-using familiar and existing vehicles with zero-emission powertrains. The Indian Army is extremely familiar with Gypsies, disassembling and re-assembling them in a matter of minutes.
    Maruti Gypsy Electric
    Indian Army is likely to be procuring soft-top Jimnys in the near future. A part of the fleet can be electrified instead of retiring all unfit Gypsys. Similarly, civilians can consider EV conversions for old and unfit vehicles with an expired OEM warranty as well.
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