Maruti Suzuki has reportedly postponed its plans to launch the Wagon R Electric in India next year. This comes as a major blow to the country’s electric mobility aspirations. The all electric Wagon R, previously scheduled to launch in 2020, was supposed to be the first mass-market electric vehicle to be sold in the country.
Maruti has been testing the all-electric Wagon R for close to an year now. There are 50 test mules of the electric hatchback already testing on public roads in the country.
However, the company believes that the time is still not right to launch an electric can in India. According to the country’s largest passenger car maker, many factors like the high price for EVs and lack of a charging infrastructure are proving to be impediments in the mass adoption of electric cars in the country.
Meanwhile, the company has stressed on the importance of hybrids to bridge the gap between gasoline-powered cars and all electric vehicles. With models like the Ciaz and Ertiga coming with the mild-hybrid technology already having tasted significant success in the market, Maruti will continue to focus on this trend in the coming year. It is important to note here that Maruti’s mild-hybrid technology is nowhere near to full hybrids and is instead just a fuel economy enhancing gimmick.
The Maruti Wagon R Electric was promised to deliver a driving range of around 130 km. It was also likely to come with a DC fast charging option that would charge the battery from 0-80% in an hour. Regular AC charging would require 7 hours to juice-up the battery.
If you were waiting for the Wagon R Electric, this news might have disappointed you. However, we would like to point out that there are still some exciting upcoming Electric cars in India, including the Tata Nexon electric and the Mahindra XUV300 electric.