Maruti Suzuki Swift, DZire set for plug-in Hybrid Variant launch in 2015; Rs 1,24,000 incentive beckons
With the Maruti Suzuki Swift Range Extender, the company is jumping into the hybrid/EV segment by launching a variant of its super hit hatchback. Maruti Suzuki has already showcased the prototype at the recently held International Green Mobility Expo in India. The Maruti Swift Range Extender, which also took part in FAME’s ( Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) Eco Drive held on World Environment Day on June 5, 2015, is expected to be introduced in either hybrid or electric avatar in the later part of 2015. Elder sibling Swift DZire could also get the same treatment, if reports are to be believed. other manufacturers like Mahindra (e2o) and Toyota (Camry) have also worked to create at least a living example of such type of vehicles.
Engine Moving into the details, Swift Range Extender will be powered by a 658cc petrol motor alongside a 5kwh lithium ion battery. The joint power output would be around 73PS, while the fuel economy of both petrol/electric combined, will be 48.2kmpl. The car can also cover distance of 25.5kms in pure electric mode. And if that’s not enough, then here is another outstanding feature; the Maruti Swift Range Extender can be fully charged using 200 V electric socket in just 90 minutes. Furthermore, the interiors would be quite different from the ongoing model with lots of tech inside. The car weighs just 1600 kgs.
Maruti Suzuki Swift in 3 alternative variants and price Moreover, for the driving comfort, Swift Range Extender could be driven around in three different modes; series hybrid, parallel hybrid and all electric. The first 'Series' mode allows the engine to charge the electric motor, parallel hybrid mode commands both the engine and electric motor to turn on the wheels while the 'All Electric' as the name denotes, will offer pure electric driving experience.
There are also reports that the components for the car will be imported from Suzuki’s Japanese plant, which could increase the price of the vehicle. However, government has promised to give Rs 13,000-1,24,000 incentive to sub 4-meter vehicles under FAME policy that will surely enable Maruti Suzuki to place the Range Extender in a very competitive price range.
Official Speak Maruti Suzuki officials have also made statements regarding the launch of these cars. Maruti Suzuki’s Executive Director of Engineering, CV Raman said that company would start working on hybrid models as soon as it gets clarifications on some aspects that includes charging infrastructure, technology development fund and demand incentive. Government under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan gives provision of subsidies on the purchase cost of electric and hybrid vehicles and car manufacturers have been asked to introduce more and more such vehicles in the mass market.
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