Maruti Wagon R Electric caught on a recovery van

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Maruti Wagon R Electric

Maruti has been testing the electric Wagon R for some time now. These test vehicles are the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Wagon R and not the regular Indian version. These Wagon R’s are developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and produced by MSIL in its Gurugram plant. Maruti has a total of 50 test vehicles in its fleet.

The vehicles are tested in cities with dense traffic, and it is done for a reason. Urban customers form a core group for these electric vehicles and testing them in dense traffic leaves Maruti with a lot of “sensible data” they need. These have been spied testing the Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. They don’t wear camouflage but white paint with blue EV decals.

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Because of Maruti’s wide network, the car is expected to sell all over India, even in the hilly north and north-eastern India. So, it’s not a surprise that you find the car tested in Shimla. This time around, when the electric car was spotted, it was left parked on a recovery van. Now, there could be a lot of reasons. The Wagon R might have run out of battery, or worse, could have broken down. But in this case, we fear the worse. From the pictures, one can see a dent in the bonnet and leaking coolant liquid. Above all, the car is left parked on a recovery van.

Maruti Wagon R Electric
Maruti Wagon R Electric
When will hit the showrooms?

The electric Wagon R is poised to launch sometime in 2020 after making its debut in the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. It will be of a different design and based on the HEARTECT platform. The Electric WagonR may be powered by a 72 Volt system and a 15-25 kWh battery pack. The real-world range is not yet clear but should be around 130-150 km. The WagonR electric could get fast charging option that significantly reduces plug-in time.

Pictures, courtesy of rushlane.com

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