The Auto Expo took place in New Delhi, India, where over 70 local and foreign manufacturers displayed their electric vehicles (EVs). Suzuki Toshihiro, president of Suzuki Motor in Japan, praised the event for highlighting India’s commitment to EVs to decrease vehicle pollution. In the Indian market, Maruti Suzuki, a division of Suzuki Motor, dominates the passenger car industry.
The Indian government has been concerned about the air pollution caused by vehicles in recent years and has set a goal to encourage 30% of vehicle owners to switch to EVs by 2030. The Auto Expo 2023, therefore, had EVs at the centre stage as a way to promote this initiative.
Maruti Suzuki, one of the largest automakers in India, showcased their latest concept EV at the event. The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) can travel 550 kilometres on a single charge, and the manufacturer aims to put it up for sale by 2025 in the Indian automotive market. Other manufacturers, such as Tata Motors and Hyundai, also showcased their EVs at the event, highlighting the growing interest and competition in the EV market in India.
According to the NHK World report, Suzuki Motor President Suzuki Toshihiro said that electric vehicles have emerged as a viable option for vehicle owners. Synthetic fuel and hydrogen are also new-age options in the automobile space. He also stressed the importance of thoroughly considering customers’ needs, the report said.
New Delhi also made history by selling the most electric vehicles in a single month across all of India’s states and union territories. New Delhi had 7,046 electric cars registered as of December 2015, an increase of 86% over the previous year. Since the EV policy’s introduction, the UT has registered 93,239 electric cars, with two-wheelers accounting for roughly 55% of all EV sales in 2022.
Delhi’s Transport Minister announced that the city has a high number of EV registration and sales and is prepared with charging infrastructure, including 2300 charging points and 200 battery swapping stations.