“Maruti Suzuki India, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors are ramping up to hone their electric vehicle technology, as India’s top automakers prepare to deal with New Delhi’s efforts to curb air pollution.
The companies are seeking to jointly develop components for electric cars, the Business Line newspaper reported on Dec. 21, citing chief of Mahindra’s electric vehicle unit. The move comes at a time when India is intensifying efforts to reduce air pollution that has reached hazardous levels in several cities including the capital New Delhi. Tata Motors said it will set up a pilot plant for electric battery assembly in Pune and launch electric cars over time, according to a report on Business Standard.
The joint efforts of the companies are expected to eventually lower the cost of ownership of these vehicles, which has been a major dampener for eco-friendly vehicles as price-sensitive buyers tend to opt for cheaper diesel and petrol versions. India’s recent moves to curb vehicle emission in its cities underline the government commitment to battling pollution in the backdrop of a landmark deal between nearly 200 nations in Paris to stave off the worst effects of global warming.” Nikkei Asian Review. Read it on delhiair.org.
Automakers team up to hone electric vehicle technology