Toyota to localise electric & hybrid tech in India

According to a media report, Toyota is looking to localise its electric and hybrid technologies in India.

Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President, Sales & Service – Toyota Kirloskar Motor has stated that if these technologies are localised, the company could offer electric, mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fuel cell vehicles at competitive prices. We could see more hybrid vehicles on Indian roads in around 2 years’ time. Toyota has already partnered with Suzuki and Denso to set up a battery plant in Gujarat.

He added that each manufacturer is looking at ways to meet upcoming CAFE (corporate average fuel efficiency) norms. Hybrids would be the key as they have a clear advantage over traditional combustion engines in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions.

Toyota’s current model line-up in India includes two hybrids – Camry and Vellfire. Both vehicles are priced high.


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