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.
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.
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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