Renault India has displayed two of its fascinating electric concept car models, namely the TREZOR and ZOE e-Sport at the ongoing Auto Expo 2018. The French car maker is known to be as interested to venture into the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market as its Japanese partner Nissan. However, Renault has said that the company is waiting for a clear policy and roadmap on infrastructure to support the electric vehicles in this market before taking any business decision. Thus, Renault is voicing many other global car makers who are interested to offer their innovative and advanced EV models in the car market of India in the light of the Indian government’s vision of an all-electric auto industry, but can’t take any strategic decisions due to the lack of a proper roadmap and EV friendly policies.
Apart from the two EV concept models, the French auto major is also showcasing its Formula One race car – the R.S. 17 at the ongoing expo. Renault India said that the R.S. 17 is the first car which has been developed by the Renault Sport Formula One Team, right from the ground up. At the Renault stall, the auto maker is also displaying many of its other offerings including the newly launched Kwid Super Hero Edition comprising of the Ironman and Captain America special edition models of the very popular Kwid entry-level hatchback.
While speaking to the media, Renault India’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney said that the company has witnessed a customer interest shift towards better design as well as technology here, and globally this shift is towards electric fully autonomous and connected vehicle models.
He added by saying that Renault is well balanced, optimistic and excited about its growth and journey in this country that is an important part of its global market strategy.
Sawhney further said now that a transition towards electric cars is inevitable in India, the company is simply awaiting a more clear policy for the government support incentives as well as Research & Development along with a lucid roadmap for the required infrastructure to help the company prepare accordingly to take any strategic long-term decisions for the upcoming Indian EV market.
Sawhney also stated that India will be the world’s third largest car market by the year 2021. He mentioned that Renault is very serious about the electric car market in India which will be play a crucial role in developing proficiency and awareness about advanced and affordable EV models, and for this the company would like to leverage the technology centre in the country.