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Maruti Suzuki to test electric vehicles in India

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said Sept. 7 that it will begin testing prototypes of electric vehicles in India as part of its commitment to launch EVs in the country by 2020.

The Indian arm of Suzuki Motor Corp. said the trial phase will simulate real-life usage to collect customer input for the validation and development of new technology.

Maruti Suzuki's fleet of prototype EVs were developed based on an existing model by its Japanese parent and manufactured in the automaker's plant in Gurugram, according to the release.

Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki said the tests will begin in October and include 50 sample vehicle models, The Economic Times (India) reported, citing the chairman's comments at a summit in New Delhi.

The Japanese carmaker's chairman added that it will collaborate with Toyota Motor Corp. for its plan to bring EVs in India by 2020, the report said.

Suzuki reportedly also said Maruti Suzuki will start producing lithium-ion batteries for automobiles at its western India plant beginning 2020.