Auto Expo 2023: Electric Vehicles Take Center Stage with Over 70 Automakers Attending
The Auto Expo got off to a flying start in the nation’s capital on Friday, showcasing electric vehicles (EVs) from more than 70 domestic and international automakers.
Electric vehicles are the focus of this year’s auto show, Japanese international service NHK World reported. Maruti Suzuki, a subsidiary of Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor, holds the largest share of the passenger car segment in the Indian market.
According to the NHK World report, Suzuki Motor President Suzuki Toshihiro said electric vehicles have become a viable option for vehicle owners and synthetic fuel and hydrogen are also new era options in automotive space.
He also stressed the importance of carefully considering customer needs, according to the report.
As India has been struggling with severe air pollution over the past few years, the central government has planned to reduce pollution from vehicles. As part of its car pollution reduction plan, the government will aim to encourage 30% of vehicle owners to switch to electric vehicles by 2030.
India’s car fleet of 1.4 billion is expected to grow further, according to the NHK World report. Maruti Suzuki’s latest concept EV was the main attraction at the event. The sports utility vehicle (SUV) can travel 550 kilometers on a single charge and the manufacturer aims to put it on sale by 2025 in the Indian car market, according to the NHK World report.
Other manufacturers in the Indian automotive space such as Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea also showcased their electric vehicles at the event.
Earlier, New Delhi made history by achieving the highest ever monthly electric vehicle sales in the country.
In December last year, New Delhi registered 7,046 electric vehicles with an annual growth of 86%. Since the launch of the EV policy, UT has registered 93,239 electric vehicles, with two-wheelers accounting for nearly 55% of total EV sales in 2022.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, in an address to the media, said Delhi has always led the registration and sale of electric vehicles, making it the electric vehicle capital of the country and that it is ready with the required private and public charging infrastructure with a total of over 2,300 charging points and over 200 battery swapping stations operating throughout the city.
Delhi’s EV policy was launched on August 7, 2020, with 2-wheelers (2W) and 3-wheelers (3W) identified as the priority vehicle segment.